November 4, 2017 to April 2, 2018

Bloodthirsty plunderers. Pillaging warriors. Seafaring traders. What do we really know about Vikings?


Free for ROM Members


The Exhibition

Explore the myths and stereotypes of this ancient culture in VIKINGS: The Exhibition, presented by investment dealer Raymond James Ltd. Offering a fresh and contemporary look into the Viking Age, VIKINGS is an extraordinary window into the lifestyle, religion, and daily lives of these legendary explorers, artisans, and craftspeople. Encounter objects rarely displayed outside of Scandinavia in this compelling exhibition that challenges the perceptions of the Viking Age through hundreds of objects, as well as interactives, and immersive experiences.

Descriptive Audio Tour

Download the playlist in advance.


Vikings in Canada

Travel back in time over 1,000 years and explore the Viking footprint in Canada. Exclusive to the ROM, this section of the exhibition dives into the archaeology and history of the Norse on our East Coast. Follow their journey across the Atlantic and discover some of the myths and mysteries of these ancient peoples.


Upcoming Programs

VIKINGS: The Exhibition
Patrons and Corporate Members Exclusive Event
Experience the ultimate backstage pass at the Museum with ROMkids Sleepovers. This awe-inspiring night kicks off with an exclusive visit to the ROM’s latest special exhibition, VIKINGS: The Exhibition, presented by Raymond James Ltd., where you can explore the myths and lifestyle of these legendary voyagers.  Sleepovers are for children 5 years and up. Children are required to be accompanied by an adult (19 years or older) throughout the sleepover.
FULL Archaeologist Amélie Allard provides a fascinating introduction to the basic principles, techniques, and ethics of exploring the human history of Canada and the United States.
Examine the challenges and successes involved in retelling stories from the ancient world for television audiences with the cast and crew of Vikings.
FULL Trace the amazing history of the Vikings with University of Toronto researcher Matthew Goodman. From their fascinating lives at home to their preparations for raiding abroad, find out what it meant to be a Viking by taking a closer look at Viking society, religion, and daily life in medieval Scandinavia.
Discover the cultural impact of early medieval Norse contact with peoples throughout “the Viking World”.  Find out how the legendary Vikings weren’t just pirates and warriors; but settlers, explorers, and agents of commerce and communication beyond Scandinavia.

Vikings Videos

Presented by Raymond James; Supporting Sponsor Volvo; Exhibition Partner The Swedish History Museum

The exhibition is a joint venture between and produced by The Swedish History Museum in Sweden and MuseumsPartner in Austria.

Royal Exhibitions Circle:
Gail and Bob Farquharson, James and Louise Temerty, Richard Wernham and Julia West

Photos, from top to bottom:
1) Ring-headed pin brooch. Bronze, gold, silver. The brooch has a gripping-beast motif in Borre-style. The ring is made of silver. The head of the bronze pin is also made of silver and forms the shape of a bearded demon. Alkvie, Endre, Gotland, Sweden. SHM 1265
2) Set of pendants. Iron. The 35 pendants are fishtail shaped. Hoard find, Krasse, Guldrupe, Gotland, Sweden. SHM 6387