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Exhibition: The Vikings


Chesterfield Museum
St Mary's Gate
S41 7TD
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Exhibition: The Vikings


Discover what Viking life was like in this hands on exhibition for children.

Have a go at Viking writing and work out what your Viking name is. Could you be Bjorn Bloodaxe or Erika Dragonheart? All you need to know is your birthday. Try on a Viking costume and really feel the part.

Put together our Viking proverbs, matching the lines to make sense and have a go at our touchscreen quiz. How much have you learned about the Vikings from our exhibition.

There are lots of Viking crafts to have a go at including a loom where you can have a go at weaving and find out about the warp and the weft and the importance of weights. There’s also a small cardboard loom where you can weave on a small scale and take it home with you.

The Vikings also made cord on a ‘lucet’. This is quite complicated so ask the museum staff to help out. Why not have a go at making an amulet, or colour in a Viking shield or a Viking dragon while you’re here? We’ve also got a Viking puzzle sheet that you can have a go at.

Much easier but harder work, have a go at grinding wheat with the quern. Put together our jigsaw and discover our mystery items. Put your hand in the box and try to guess, just by touch, what’s hidden in there. It’s a modern item that you’ve probably seen in your own home but, once you’ve guessed what it is, can you find the Viking version on display?

Follow the Viking Trail and crack the runic code. We’ve hidden cartoon Vikings around the museum, each with their own name written on them in the runic alphabet. Can you find them all and translate their names?

How much time will you have to spend at the Museum to get round it all?

Guide Prices

Admission free, donations gratefully accepted



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Museum is in Chesterfield town centre. It has no car park so the directions below are to nearest car park

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep in left lane and take first left (Beetwell Street). Multi-storey car park on right.

For surface car parks, at 2nd roundabout select right lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep in right hand lane and at traffic lights turn right (Spa Lane). Take first left and left again into St Mary’s Gate Car Park.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. At next roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (Lordsmill Street), then follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train staion Chesterfield, 5 minutes walk away

Any bus to Chesterfield town centre

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