Her name is VIKING

The Viking is an exact replica of the Gokstad. 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).

Viking is approximately 78 feet long and is currently located in Geneva, Illinois at Good Templar Park.


Declared one of the 10 most endangered landmarks in Illinois in 2007, this important, irreplaceable piece of our nation’s and region’s history must be preserved.

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.

Visit in 2023

The Viking Ship Exhibit will open in April this year.  See our schedule here. Come see the improvements made in the last few years!  Docent led tours begin approximately every 15 minutes. Last “Tour” begins at 3:45 PM.

View a documentary about this Viking ship that sailed from Norway to Chicago in 1893 below.

1893 Viking Ship Articles

Viking Has A Guardian Angel!

This angel doesn’t have wings and even smokes cigars! Ever since the Viking arrived in Geneva, Illinois, Peter Orum of Midwest Ground Covers (“MGC”), based in Saint Charles, Illinois, has been “watching” over... READ MORE