VIKINGS: The Exhibition opens at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on Saturday, November 4. 2017.. Presented by investment dealer Raymond James Ltd., in partnership with the Swedish History Museum, the exhibition offers visitors a fresh perspective on an ancient culture that challenges some of the commonly held myths and perceptions about the lives of the Norse people and this period of European history.
“The Vikings have had a profound impact on the modern imagination,” says Josh Basseches, Director & CEO of the ROM. “This exhibition presents a new and unexpected interpretation of the Vikings, as not only seafaring warriors, but a people who built a rich and varied culture. Our visitors will be surprised by what they see. The ROM showing is the first exhibition of Vikings we’ve ever staged, and we’re particularly delighted to include a Canadian perspective that contributes to our understanding of the Viking history in Canada.”
VIKINGS features interactive displays and nearly 500 original objects from the collections of the Swedish History Museum – many rarely seen outside of Scandinavia – that provide a window into the lives of these legendary explorers, artisans and craftspeople whose culture flourished between the 8th and the 11th centuries.
“VIKINGS provides visitors with a holistic perspective on who the Norse were, how they changed through time and how they constantly pushed the boundaries of their world through innovation and exploration,” says Dr. Craig Cipolla, ROM Associate Curator of North American Archaeology. “The archaeological materials and interactive displays in the exhibition allow visitors to see and experience Viking culture and history in revealing and surprising ways.”
The exhibition is presented in sections that work together to explore the rich and often misunderstood history of Viking life and culture. In this exhibition, visitors will learn: The central role women played in Viking society, how religion shaped their thinking, and how Viking art and culture shaped Europe and beyond. VIKINGS provides a richer perspective from which to view these epoch-making people. What emerges is a fuller understanding of Europe and the world that was influenced by and that influenced this complex and richly-layered society.
Exclusive to the ROM, the exhibition includes a section on the Vikings in Canada that takes visitors back in time over1,000 years and explores the Vikings footprint in Canada. This section of the exhibition dives into the archaeology and history of the Norse on our East Coast, with objects from L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland; Baffin Island, Nunavut; as well as the ROM’s infamous Beardmore sword.
The exhibition also features two reconstructed Viking boats, the 13 foot Arby (3.95 meters), and the 32 foot Eik Sande (9.75 meters). Both vessels have been faithfully re-created using Viking processes and materials, providing visitors with insights into Norse boat-building techniques, and the symbolism and mythology of their ships.
“Raymond James is proud to once again partner with the ROM to present this unique VIKINGS experience in a one-of-a-kind exhibition,” says Paul Allison, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Raymond James Ltd. “The ROM continues to break new ground to enhance the cultural and educational experiences for its visitors. We are confident this exhibition will be another fascinating and fun-filled adventure for Viking explorers of all ages.”
For more information on the exhibition and complementary programs, visit: ROM.CA
About the ROM
Opened in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) showcases art, culture, and nature from around the globe and across the ages. One of North America’s most renowned cultural institutions, Canada’s largest museum is home to a world-class collection of more than six million objects and specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. As the country’s preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new and original findings in biodiversity, palaeontology, earth sciences, the visual arts, material culture and archaeology, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our global understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural world. The Renaissance ROM expansion project (2007) merged the iconic architectural heritage of the original building with the Studio Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. A distinctive new symbol of Toronto for the 21st century, the Crystal marked the beginning of a new era for the ROM as the country’s premier cultural and social destination. www.rom.ca