Viking entering New York Harbor

Friends of the Viking Ship



Come visit the Viking in 2017!
  • April 15th 1-4pm
  • May 20th 1-4pm
  • June 18th 10am-5pm
  • June 24th 1-4pm
  • June 25th 1-4pm
  • July 8th 1-4pm
  • July 15th 1-4pm
  • August 19th 1-4pm
  • September 16th 1-4pm
  • October 21st 1-4pm
  • November 11th 10am-4pm
  • November 12th 10am-4pm


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Friends of the Viking Ship, NFP is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation.


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Once on display in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL

the Viking ship in Lincoln Park, ChicagoImage: Vesterheim Museum Archives

Friends of the Viking Ship, NFP incorporated in August 2008 to work toward the preservation, public display & permanent home for the Viking ship.

Seeing the plight of this historic treasure, "friends" rallied around the Viking and decided this "first ever" replica Viking ship needed to be preserved.

Since 2007...
a website launched (August, 2007)
a professional assessment of the Viking completed (November, 2007)
a $52,000 grant awarded by American Express (2007) toward its stabilization (2008)
incorporation of Friends of the Viking Ship, NFP (August 2008)
visitor viewing platform erected (September 2008)
regularly scheduled visitor's days (ongoing)
educational posters showing brief history of the Viking installed (2010)
security enhancements (2009 and 2010)
additional shelter enhancements (2011 and 2012)
cleaning and archiving of the Viking's deck boards (2011 and 2012)
• regularly scheduled maintenance (ongoing)
transfer of trusteeship from the Chicago Park District to the FOVS (September 2012)
inspection/assessment by wooden ship experts (June & November 2013)
keel supports installed by professionals (2014)
rib supports installed by professionals (2014 and 2015)

Now located in Geneva, Illinois

The Viking ship in Good Templar ParkImage: P. Straw

Board of Directors:

Interim President, Brian Ibsen
Vice President, Jamie Larson
Secretary, Frances Berg
Treasurer, William Scheiderich
Bruce Andresen
Roar Broch
Craig Hanson
Ken Nordan
Andrew Woods


Can you help?
Many parts of the Viking and pieces that traveled with her, such as china and glassware, have disappeared. We appeal to those who might know of their whereabouts and request their return. We are accepting donations of items and memorabilia relating to the Viking. Items will be properly cataloged, and may be used as a part of the Viking ship exhibit.


Friends of the Viking Ship, NFP
P.O. Box 3571
St. Charles IL 60174

The purpose of “Friends of the Viking Ship, N.F.P.” (FOVS) is: to facilitate the preservation of the 1893 Viking Ship as an important artifact from the Columbian Exposition, and to advocate its public display in a permanent museum setting with adequate security and climate control. To accomplish this goal, FOVS will raise funds for its protection and preservation, and for interpretation of its history. FOVS will also seek appropriate partners who share our mission of securing an optimal long-term home.

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