MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Vikings Begin, one of the American Swedish Institute’s most significant exhibitions to date, is the Midwest premiere of an extraordinary collection of early Viking boat burial artifacts on view in ASI’s Turnblad Mansion and Osher Gallery from May 17–October 27, 2019. The magnificent installation features Viking helmets, swords, jewelry, glass vessels, bowls and other objects with historical significance, that tell stories about the people buried with them and the society they belonged to. The exhibition is on its first tour outside of Scandinavia and was produced by Sweden’s Uppsala University and its Gustavianum museum.
It is informed by new research by prestigious University experts Neil Price, Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson and John Ljungkvist that has led to deeper understandings about Viking culture. The Vikings Begin exhibition is presented by Viking® cruises.
The ASI exhibition opens with a full slate of events, from parties to scholarly talks, scheduled Thursday–Sunday, May 16–19. Highlights include ASI’s First Look: The Vikings Begin Preview Party on May 16, May 17 when viewing opens to the general public, followed by Viking University Day on May 18, Family Day on May 19 and Nordic Table Viking Dinners on May 17–18. For more information visit ASImn.org or call 612-871-4907. ASI is located at 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis.