Viking entering New York Harbor

Friends of the Viking Ship



The Viking ship exhibit will be open from 1:00-4:00 PM on:
June 25-26, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15

Also open from 10:00-5:00 on June 19. Additional fees to enter the Park apply on June 19.

The Viking is a replica of the Gokstad ship. In 1893, under Captain Magnus Andersen, she sailed across the Atlantic (from Bergen, Norway to New York) and on to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago (via the Erie Canal and Great Lakes).


Declared one of the 10 most endangered landmarks in Illinois, this important, irreplaceable piece of our nation's and region's history must be preserved.


Learn of endangered landmarks status in Illinois at

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book cover VIKING
from Norway to America

by R. E. Rasmussen,

... a personal account by one the Viking's crewmen of his adventures before, during and after the historic voyage from Bergen, Norway to Chicago in 1893.

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Viking after launching

View a documentary about the Viking Ship on Vimeo. HERE.

Image: Vesterheim Museum Archives

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.


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

Once displayed in Chicago's Lincoln Park, Viking is now located in Geneva, IL

the Viking ship in Lincoln Park Viking ship in Geneva, IL
Images: Vesterheim Museum Archives and L.Straw

in 2016

The Viking Ship Exhibit will open again in April.

Docent led tours begin every 30 minutes. Last "Tour" begins at 3:30 PM

ship tour
See the Ship!
Hear the Story!

For kids:

download a coloring sheet
a Viking girl
a Viking boy

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