Vikings: life and legend opens at British Museum

Date Posted: 15/03/2014

The British Museum has opened its first major Vikings exhibition on in over 30 years, currently on display in its Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery until 22nd June.

Vikings: life and legend has been developed with the National Museum of Denmark and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) and focuses on the core period of the Viking Age from the late eighth century to the early 11th century.

The exhibition will also be the subject of an exclusive live broadcast, Vikings Live, from the British Museum to UK cinemas on 24th April.

Vikings: life and legend features many new archaeological discoveries and objects never seen before in the UK alongside important Viking Age artefacts from the British Museum’s own collection and elsewhere in Britain and Ireland.

At the centre of the exhibition are the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long Viking warship, Roskilde 6, the longest ever found, and never seen before in the UK.

In addition, the Vale of York Hoard, consisting of 617 coins, six arm rings and a quantity of bullion and hack-silver is displayed in its entirety at the museum, for the first time since it was discovered by metal detectorists near Harrogate in 2007.

A school visit to the Vikings exhibition

School trip organisers can claim a discount on exhibition visits between Mondays and Fridays.

For further school trip information visit

School Travel Organiser's Guide