The last day to see the temporary exhibit Vikings at The Field Museum of Natural History is Sunday, October 4, 2015. This traveling exhibition has over 500 artifacts, examples of Norse workmanship in the shape of jewelry, metalwork, glass, bone, amber, swords, and armor made between 750 A.D. and 1100 A.D.
Statens historiska museum (The Swedish History Museum) in Stockholm, Sweden organized this exhibition with MuseumsPartner in Austria. The Field Museum is the only American stop on the exhibition’s world tour. One can listen to three short audio recordings of Associate Curator William A. Parkinson on the Vikings Web site.
The Field Museum stated, “Striking examples of Viking craftsmanship are on display including exquisitely wrought brooches, depictions of Norse gods, as well as gold and silver pendants—including the oldest known Scandinavian crucifix, highlighting the transition between Old Norse religious practices and Christianity. Viking Age swords and other weapons will also be on display, highlighting the Vikings’ exceptional metal working technologies.”
The major sponsors are Discover (as in Discover Card) and Viking Cruises. Discovery and All-Access passes cover admission to the exhibition. Tickets are $25 for adults and teenagers, and $18 for children age three-to-eleven.
Discover Chairman and C.E.O. David W. Nelms stated, “The Vikings call Scandinavia their homeland and Discover calls Chicago our hometown. Our support for educational programs at The Field Museum of Chicago is designed to expand and enhance the learning experience for students and teachers alike. Through our involvement with these inspirational programs, it is our honor to share in providing a unique and memorable exhibition in support of the Museum’s mission to educate the public about the Earth and its people.”
Viking Cruises Founder and Chairman Torstein Hagen stated, “It is the Viking spirit of exploration that inspires everything we do at Viking Cruises. On our river cruises, guests sail onboard new Viking Longships – each named for a Norse God – and traverse the same European and Russian waterways that Vikings once explored. And our new ocean cruises, debuting this year, will bring guests to the Viking Homelands in Scandinavia and the Balkans. Even our logo, which bears the iconic symbol of a Viking longship, is meant to evoke the excitement of exploration.”
The Chicago Tribune’s Web Behrens wrote, “You’re probably not surprised to discover they didn’t train dragons, but did you know their helmets didn’t have horns? Visitors can pick up a sword (safely), spell their names in runes or play a Viking video game.”
Note the North Entrance is closed through Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Please use the South Entrance or East Entrance.
The Field Museum is located in the Museum Campus in Burnham Park. The address is 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605-2496.