Franklin Institute's 'Beyond the Legend' exhibit travels back to the Viking age

The exhibit features 600 archaeological finds on loan from the National Museum of Denmark.

John McDevitt
October 10, 2018 - 5:20 pm

John McDevitt | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Franklin Institute is getting ready to open a new artifact-based exhibit this weekend exploring the people, traditions, and influence of the Viking age.  

The new "Vikings: Beyond The Legend" exhibit opens Saturday and features 600 archaeological finds on loan from the National Museum of Denmark, including weapons, tools and jewelry. 

There are also three replica Viking ships, which shows the explorers as skilled farmers, artisans, and merchants who established towns and cities.  

Larry Dubinski, president and CEO of The Franklin Institute, said there are plenty of interactive experiences.

"The Franklin Institute's interactivity is key. There is augmented reality, there is hands-on science and technology throughout, really going into a variety of aspects of Viking life," he said.

You can also expect to see reenactors, blacksmith demonstrations, and period weapon displays.

The exhibit runs this Saturday through March 3, 2019.