Rare Viking artifacts displayed at Mystic Seaport exhibit

Helmet, boat grave 7. Dated to the mid 7th century. The detailed eyebrows are gilded and decorated with garnets. The animal portrayed at the end of the helmet crest has eyes made of domed garnets.
Helmet, boat grave 7. Dated to the mid 7th century. The detailed eyebrows are gilded and decorated with garnets. The animal portrayed at the end of the helmet crest has eyes made of domed garnets.

The Mystic Seaport Museum will be celebrating Viking culture over the next few months, and with it will come a weekend’s worth of Viking festivities (Viking Days), Viking boatbuilding and months-long Viking exhibitions to enjoy.

One such exhibit is “The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden,” a show that will showcase one of the world’s finest early Viking-age collections. Working closely with Uppsala University Museum, the seaport will display priceless artifacts, dating as far back as the 7th century, including helmets, shields, weapons and glass, as well as other treasures. Thematic sections pertaining to Viking warfare, trade, the Baltic Sea, a ship burial and Norse gods will structure the exhibit, offering insight into how this maritime society lived more than a millennium ago.

The show, which made its international debut Saturday, will run until Sept. 30. The seaport is located on Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic. Regular seaport admission is $28.95 adults, $26.95 for ages 65 and up and for college students with ID, $18.95 ages 4-14, free for kids 3 and under; Hours for the exhibition are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., everyday; (860) 572-0711, mysticseaport.org.

— Mary Biekert

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