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Stockholm's first Viking museum opens

Updated fredag 28 april kl 16.00
Published fredag 28 april kl 12.50
Head of Design: The Viking was created using DNA from old bones.
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A Viking from the 10th century recreated using DNA from Viking bones found in Sigtuna. He is on display at the new Vikingaliv museum, which opens in Stockholm on Friday.
A Viking from the 10th century recreated using DNA from Viking bones found in Sigtuna. He is on display at the new Vikingaliv museum, which opens in Stockholm on Friday. Credit: Dave Russell/Radio Sweden

Vikingaliv, Stockholm's first museum solely dedicated to the Vikings, will open its doors to the public for the first time on Friday.

Vikings are associated with Sweden worldwide and interest in the mythical figures with horns on the helmets has never been so big.

Radio Sweden went for a sneak preview of what's on offer and discovered the ways the museum aims to present how different the historical reality is from most of the popular stereotypes seen in the glass windows of the tourist souvenir shops. 

LG Nilsson, part owner and head of design and set design at Vikingaliv, says that the millions of tourists who descend upon the capital every year want their Viking history.

“When you have people from the cruise ships, they ask can we see the Vasa (ship museum), the castle, and can we see the Vikings,” he told Radio Sweden. “They don’t have the time to go through a big exhibition at a historical museum. They have probably 45 minutes to see something.”

While Vikingaliv is the first museum here devoted solely to the Vikings, there are extensive Viking collections in other museums, like the National Museum of Antiquities in Stockholm and Gotland's Museum in Visby, as well as the island of Birka, just outside of Stockholm.

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