The Vikings The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

Long before the pirates of the 15th, 16th, and 17th century there were the Vikings.  Ever wondered what the Vikings did beyond pillaging and plundering?  Learn about this group’s beliefs, skills and cultural influences on us today by attending the  Vikings – Beyond the Legend exhibition now at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.   According to the local Public Television station, WHYY, the Franklin Institute is one of the few science centers in the country large enough to present this attraction. 

Scandanavian warrior, better known as viking, stands guard in a metal helmet with metal shield and sword in front of stormy skies.

Viking warrior.

 Learn about the complex and influential societies of the Scandanavians.   In addition to their war mongering they were also skilled crafts people, successful merchants, and farmers who made their mark across the continent of Europe.  Think about how brave these men were to set out in their small open ships  centuries ago to explore the world beyond them.

At the Vikings exhibition at the Franklin Institute there are 600 artifacts, life size replicas of Viking ships, and displays of jewelry, coins and weapons.  Here you will have the opportunity to learn about Norse Mythology.

The Vikings exhibit runs through March 3, 2019.  Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast, located in the Brandywine Valley,  is only 30 minutes southwest of Philadelphia.  Here you will have free parking, free WIFI, and a wonderful breakfast each morning.  Check our available rooms here and plan your trip.  For more information on the Vikings at the Franklin Institute, click here.