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SOLD OUT First Look: The Vikings Begin

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

The Vikings Begin exhibition will be on view in ASI’s Turnblad Mansion and Osher Gallery from May 17 - October 27, 2019. Also on view: Vikings Museum: Football in Minnesota and Wee Thee Vikings in ASI's Family Gallery.

The preview party may be sold out, but tickets are still available for Viking University Day on Saturday, May 18 (and no tickets are needed for the Family Day Festival on Sunday, May 19). Other Viking-related events include our monthly Summer Lawn Parties and Cocktails at the Castle

ASI welcomes you to the Midwest premiere of an extraordinary new exhibition featuring dozens of early Viking artifacts, many that were excavated from boat graves and are nearly 1400-years-old. 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. 

First Look Highlights Include: 

  • Mini-lectures by Professor Neil Price from Uppsala University (the researcher behind many of the new findings on Viking society) and Icelandic Saga scholar Gísli Sigurðsson from the University of Iceland, Reykjavik
  • Music by Moon Ruin  
  • Mead tastings with Urban Forage Winery and Cider House
  • Skål songs and spontaneous Viking long dances led by Kari Tauring 
  • Live ale bowl turning with local woodturner Nate White – watch him work and buy a bowl to drink beer out of!
  • Sample Viking-age foods with Danish Viking food expert Mia-Louise Sellerup, who will be cooking over a fire in ASI’s courtyard.
  • Themed food and beverages available for purchase from FIKA

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and event runs from 7-10 p.m. 

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The Vikings Begin is produced by the Gustavianum Museum, Uppsala University, and is presented by Viking®

Lead support is provided by Svenska Sällskapet, Värde Partners, Vikings Museum (Minnesota Vikings) and Swedish Council of America. Major support is provided by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Karin Larson, Ron and Carla Monson in honor of the Växjö Viking, Charles and Myrna Smith, and ASI’s members and donors. ASI’s hotel partner is the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot. The exhibition’s media partner is the Star Tribune

Minnesota artist activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.