Many moons ago, a fleet of wooden dragons swam the uncharted waters to discover the unknown lands ahead. The children of Odin, who hailed from the tundra of Scandinavia donned their helmets, shields and hammers representing the sacred Mjölnir that Thor once wielded in glorious battle. In present day Philadelphia, the lost treasures of the Nordic culture return to life at the American Swedish Historical Museum on April 29. Starting at noon, the Viking culture returns to Earth from the divine Valhalla led by trusted Valkyries for the one, and only, Viking Day.
The Vikings will set up camp on the museum grounds, longboats in tow while showing off their strength with forged iron and steel. Viking loot will be sold by unique vendors along with some satisfying delicacies for your fill. Families will have the opportunity to visit various activity stations to learn the ancient runic alphabet, craft their own gear and participate in games such as Hnefeltafle, colloquially known as Viking Chess. Historian and author David Krueger will make an appearance to discuss how Vikings were viewed in pop culture, while scholar Annie Humphrey will talk on Viking travel and trade.
Registration can be found online, where one might discover that tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children; may the waves safely carry you to FDR Park where the event will be held at noontime. Go you must. No guest shall stay in one place for ever.
@ American Swedish Historical Museum
FDR Park, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Saturday, April 29, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
$12 for adult non-members, $8 for members
$6 for children (5-18), children under 5 are free