Discovery Times Square Vikings Exhibit

February 17, 2016 in Best of Both, Family friendly, Family Fun, Review by MyBestofBothWorlds

Discovery Times Square Vikings Exhibit is now open to the public.

Disclosure:  My Best of Both Worlds recieved complimentary passes to the Vikings at Discovery Times Square for purposes of a review.  No financial compensation was recieved in exchange for this post or subsquent social media promotions.

We visited the Vikings exhibit this past weekend, when the polar votex descended on New York City.  Yes we braved single digit temperatures, and a real feel temperture of below zero, so in a way I felt it was approrpiate that we experienced these elements like the Vikings did.

Checking out a sailing vessel up close

Checking out a sailing vessel up close

 

Discover Times Square claims to have the largest collection of Vikings artifacts on display.  Artifacts on display will reveal glimpses into family and community, religion and rituals, travel and trade, aristocracy and slavery and the roles of women. The exhibition provides insight into the significance of Norse craftsmanship, the power of their mythology, and the symbolism of their ships. A highlight of the exhibition is the Gokstad II, a full-sized model Scandinavian Viking boat, based on historical and archaeological sources.

While my husband and sonny boy enjoyed reading about how the mythology tied into daily lives and seeing how Thor’s hammer got it’s start was pretty interesting according to my eight year old son.  I on the other hand enjoyed looking at the craftsmanship of the jewelry that the women wore as well as the religious significance of these items.

You can almost imagion where Pandora got some of their ideas for charms

You can almost imagion where Pandora got some of their ideas for charms

What I found amazing was the level of detail on the items worn by women of the period.  As a matter of fact I was quite impressed with how pretty the pieces actually were and that many of the braclets could be worn today by fashion standards.

Discovery Times Square Vikings Exhibit

Vikings features a number of interactives, allowing Museum visitors to take part in the excavation of a virtual boat grave, spell a name in runes, explore Norse mythology, and play an early Scandinavian board game.

 

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Discovery Times Square Vikings Exhibit

Sean Eddie checking out the replica of one of the Runes stones

 

Visitors can pick up an accurate replica of a Viking Age sword and test the weight and balance between handle and blade, discovering the skill it takes to master sword handling.

 

One of the favorite things that Sean Eddie did was feel the weight of the sword that a Viking would have used.  He was very dissappointed that all he could do was feel the handle and move the sword ever so slightly.  He would have really enjoyed weilding the sword around.  But alas Discovery Times Square puts our safety first and does not allow anyone, especially eight year old boys to run around with swords blazing!

So if you and the family are looking for something to do in NYC soon, check out Discovery Times Square Vikings Exhibit. DTS is located at 226 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenues).

Disclosure:  My Best of Both Worlds recieved complimentary passes to the Vikings at Discovery Times Square for purposes of a review.  No financial compensation was recieved in exchange for this post or subsquent social media promotions.