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An immersive experience in the Viking world exploring an extraordinary collection

Pointe-à-Callière’s 30th anniversary celebrations continue with tomorrow’s opening of VIKINGS Dragons of the Northern Seas. Exclusively and for the first time in Québec, the exhibition features the National Museum of Denmark’s magnificent Viking collection – one of the best in the world! An extraordinarily diverse selection of 650 authentic objects offers a unique and innovative insight into the legendary and fascinating culture of the people we call the “Vikings”.

From the beginning to the end of days: The history of the Vikings, told in four captivating tales

With an original approach that weaves myth and reality together, the exhibition offers a deep immersion in the real and Viking fantasy world that traces the history of this legendary people through four major tales: origin , life , to travel and the The End of Days . Themes through which it engages with the lifestyle, values ​​and practices of early Scandinavian society; navigation and war; and the mythology and beliefs that played a dominant role in Viking daily life. The exhibition also explores Nordic heritage in popular culture today.

Farmers, merchants, seafarers and warriors – the Vikings left their mark on the world between 793 and 1066 AD. These skilled navigators sailed the seas and earned a reputation as fearsome warriors. They were also great traders whose influence stretched to the frontiers Europe . Her art, inspired by nature and myth, produced several objects adorned with intertwined animals – such as birds, wolves, snakes and dragons – creating patterns typical of the Viking Age. Unsurpassed in gold and silver work and known as exceptional smiths, they left behind many exemplary pieces that showcased their tremendous skill. The 650 objects and artefacts on display include high quality jewelery and jewelry, as well as everyday tools and weapons – authentic evidence of Viking craftsmanship. Around fifty of these objects are presented in North America For the first time.

“The presentation of Pointe-à-Callière, complemented by an original design, will surely be the most comprehensive and spectacular Viking exhibition ever presented North America . The quality and variety of pieces from the National Museum of Denmark , which houses one of the finest Viking collections in the world, paint an eloquent and most complete portrait of this civilization. We are delighted to offer our visitors an experience of this magnitude.” – Anne Élisabeth Thibault, Managing Director of Pointe-à-Callière

An immersive experience in the world of the Vikings

Follow the scalded Thorvald (a Scandinavian poet) on an exciting journey through the exhibition and learn about the myths that captured Viking imaginations and shaped their lives, while the objects on display tell of the people who once used them. An invitation to travel, the four stories transport visitors from one world to another in a visual and aural setting that is both haunting and poetic.

The origin story speaks of the lush cosmogony of the Vikings – nine worlds supported by the tree Yggdrasil . is in the center Midgard where men rule while on the pinnacle the god Odin sits enthroned in his vast palace, Valhalla . With the life story visitors learn about the daily life of the Vikings and explore the homes, occupations, pastimes, social organisation, economy and politics of the people. The Travel Story tells of great expeditions, conquests through wars and raids, as well as trade routes and the exploration of territories. The greatest strength of the Vikings was navigation, which enabled them to navigate the seas and even reach the shores of North America . Last, the story of the end of days deals with burial rites, belief in the afterlife and the end of the Viking Age.

Each story is enhanced in its own strikingly artistic setting, with a deep sense of celebration running through it: a Jelling stone here, a reconstruction of a Viking sailing ship there. All this against an enveloping background, punctuated by images from the Ubisoft Montréal Game @Assassin’s Creed Valhalla that literally bring the different stories to life.

“While the stories take your imagination on a journey and let it run wild, the immersion in the museum environment supports it by accurately reflecting Viking culture through the colours, sounds and many objects that were part of Viking daily life . Ubisoft Montréal’s renewed collaboration with Pointe-à-Callière demonstrates how Montréal’s cultural savoir-faire can be used to explore history.” – Maxim Durand World Design Director, Ubisoft Montreal

A Scandinavian presence in Canada

Along its impressive historical path VIKINGS – Dragons of the North Seas offers new perspectives on Viking society and presents the latest scientific findings. Through a generous loan from the Canadian Museum of History and The Rooms, Newfoundland and Labrador the exhibition shows in particular objects from the location L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland the first known evidence of a Viking presence on the continent, recently dated to 1021.

As a bridge between past and present, a tactile screen at the end of the exhibition explores Scandinavian cultural heritage in Canada invites visitors to explore Montréal communities of origin Norway , Denmark , Sweden and Finland and to explore the festivals and events that carry on their traditions.

This exhibition is produced by Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Archeology and History Complex, in collaboration with the National Museum of Montréal Denmark and MuseumsPartner in Austria .

VIKINGS – Dragons of the North Seas is presented by Desjardins in collaboration with Ubisoft Montréal and through a partnership with Tourisme Montréal, Hôtel Uville and La Presse. The museum sincerely thanks its lenders, sponsors and partners.

A book: VIKINGS – Dragons of the Mers du Nord

“The Vikings, their name alone fires the imagination. From the 8th th In the 19th century they sailed the seas, carried out devastating raids and set out to conquer great cities, and played a key role in European history. But who were they?”

This beautifully illustrated book magazine extends your immersion into the fascinating world of the Vikings through the writings of experts on the subject, including historians Marc Carrier ; Peter Pentz Curator at the National Museum of Denmark ; and Bridget Wallace an archaeologist specializing in the exploration of the L’Anse aux Meadows site.

Published by Beaux-Arts & Cie. 68 pages. Price: $18 + taxes.

Pointe-à-Callière: Celebrate 30 Years of History for $30 Each!

May 17, 2022 celebrates the 30th th Anniversary of Pointe-à-Callière… as well as the 380 th birthday of Montreal. Exhibitions, promotions, events, lectures, a digital rally, a podcast and a quiz are part of the rich program for the double anniversary. Many ways to visit or return to the birthplace of Montréal! And to celebrate this 30 th Anniversary individual memberships are available at a unit price of $30 all year 2022!

See the program

Via Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal Archeology and History Complex

Inaugurated in 1992 as part of the 350th th Today, Pointe-à-Callière is the largest history museum in Montréal. Rising above a concentrated number of historical and archaeological sites of national importance – including the birthplace of Montréal – the museum’s mission is to preserve its collections and knowledge while presenting and promoting Montréal’s archaeological and historical heritage. This mission is carried out through various activities focused on conservation, research, presentation, education and inclusion, along with community initiatives that benefit both Montrealers and visitors to the city.

Pointe-à-Callière, proud partner of the City of Montréal.

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