Tour the Viking Ship from the 1893 World’s Fair
April 17 - September 18
Take a tour the Viking Ship, an artifact from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair! Built in 1892, the ship was modeled after a vessel called the Gokstad that was estimated to have been built around 890. Made of black oak, the 78-ft-long ship set sail from Norway in April 1893, making stops in Newfoundland and New York, then passing through the Erie Canal and across the Great Lakes before arriving in Chicago in mid-July to be put on display at the World’s Fair.
Through self-guided or docent-led tours, visitors can learn about the ship’s construction, crew, voyage from Norway to Chicago, local history and significance.The docent-guided tours start at 1 pm and continue approximately every 15 minutes until 3:30 pm. Tours will also be held during the same hours on May 15, July 17, Aug. 21 and Sept. 18, and from 10 am to 3:30 pm. June 20 (during the Swedish Days festival) and Oct. 16. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children 17 and younger. Tickets are required and available here. COVID-related social distancing and mask wearing will be enforced.
The ship, located at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive in Geneva, Ill., is maintained by Friends of the Viking Ship, a St. Charles-based nonprofit that works for the preservation, public display and permanent home for the ship.