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“nice day trip from copenhagen”
Review of Viking Ship Museum

Viking Ship Museum
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Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
Ranked #2 of 57 things to do in Roskilde
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Warships await you at the Viking Ship Museum. Don't worry, they won't open fire. This museum is dedicated to education about boat building, archaeology and Viking life. It's a favorite among kids, and visitors of all ages can take to the water in traditional vessels. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. seven days a week, until 5 p.m. in summer months.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 4 July 2014

We took the train from Copenhagen and it took less than an hour to arrive at Roskilde. We went on a Saturday, so the market was going on and served as a nice distraction during our walk enroute to the museum. The scenic walk takes about 15 minutes and is mostly downhill, and there is a bus that will take you back up to the train station if you choose.

The museum has several recovered actual Viking ships along with very interesting information posted and artifacts, as well as several replica boats and an open air folk museum where they have demonstrations of how things were done in days past. I found the different types of rope making to be the most interesting.

There is a restaurant right there on the grounds, but I don't recommend it as we were quite disappointed. Very poor service, and a very small selection to choose from combined with the typical high costs that you can expect nearly everywhere in Scandinavia. Along the way we stopped in the Cathedral which was as enjoyable as it was historically significant.

I wouldn't cut short my visiting time in Copenhagen to visit here, but if you have some extra time and want to check out the countryside and see a bonafide Viking ship and well done museum, I'd recommend going here.

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

The museum was great and all, but it was definitely not what I expected. Maybe I was just conditioned to the big museums of Paris, London, and the States, but it seemed like the museum was really quite small for having to pay an entrance fee. To put it another way, you can go through the entire place in about 40 minutes. Perhaps it might have been better to come in the summer when they have the different boats actually out on the water...either way, though, I definitely recommend walking around some of the fjord itself and not spending all day in the museum.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

The best part of the museum is the setting on the harbor, and the carefully restored Viking ships with details regarding the restoration process. All very interesting. We visited with friends from Holland and the USA. Several of us complained about the stale air in the exhibit halls as well as the lack of aesthetic appeal of the building itself. All in all, a worthwhile trip and a good way to learn about the Vikings as shipbuilders.

1  Thank Sheila W
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

The place is built on 5 viking ships found in the see and used to close the entrance to the port. There are a number of reconstructed ships, two, out of which some 3 worth to be mentioned. The entrance fee therefore is horribly high, for the see and read info freely available on the internet. On top of all, from the port side you can enter for free and access all atractions, as nobody checks if you bought a ticket or not. Does not worth the money.

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Rikke_Johansen, Gæsteansvarlig at Viking Ship Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2014

Thank you for your review. The ticket to the Viking Ship Museum covers both outdoors and indoors activities and exhibitions. Visitors are not permitted to visit the workshops and the Museum Harbour without a ticket.
We are aware of the fact that some visitors try to use the outdoor exhibitions without paying the entrance fee, but the Museum Staff will kindly show the way to the ticket office, if we experience visitors without the entrance bracelet.
The Viking Ship Museum is depending on the income from the ticket sale to be able to maintain our extended activity program and the open workshops where guest can experience boatbuilding, robe making and other maritime crafts first hand. This income also provides us with the possibility to maintain our large boat collection which is on display for the guests.
From end of week 42 (in 2014 the 20th of October) we begin the winter season and hence the outdoor activities are closed for the season. In this period the entrance fee is reduced. The summer season runs from Maj 1st to mid-October every year.
I am sorry you did not discover all the exhibitions in the Exhibitions Hall. Here we show the permanent exhibition of the 5 original Viking ships from around year 1000. The exhibition stars with a short introduction and can be followed by the introduction film. The film is available in English, German, Italian, Spanish and French besides Danish.
In the Exhibition Hall we also show special Exhibitions and smaller theme-exhibitions besides the large activity area with two full size ships models, dress-up and film about the Viking ship’s voyages.

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

The ships here are beautifully and appropriately displayed in modern setting that allows free rein to the imagination. Right at the edge of the fjord, with water lapping at the buildings foundations, the building and the display does full justice to the work involved in raising these vessels after they were deliberately sunk to block entrance to the fjord. Plenty of information in English, a nice museum shop, and plenty to do for children. In the summer, you can also take a trip on a replica longship.

Thank Chris W
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