Valhalla | JORVIK Viking Centre

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This fascinating exhibition brings together important Viking burial findings, objects that explore everyday life in Britain 1,000 years ago and the latest archaeological research techniques. Visitors can learn how excavations can reveal the way in which Vikings commemorated and celebrated their dead using pagan boat burials, grave goods and ornately carved headstones.

The significant artefacts from excavations in York tell the story of life and death in Viking Britain and include a Viking-age skeleton who is displayed alongside a facial reconstruction. Younger visitors can be inspired by the world of the Viking gods and discover the world of Norse myths through our themed family friendly content.

“Working with the Jorvik group is like a lightbulb moment, they offer high-quality exhibitions and have built their reputation on learning to evolve with their partner’s needs, the touring exhibitions team are fluid in their approach from pre-planning, guidance, in house training and support throughout their exhibitions. The success of previous exhibitions from the Jorvik group has seen The Beacon Museum engage with new audiences as well as breaking down barriers to inclusion for many here in West Cumbria.”

Alan Gillon, Learning and Engagement Officer, The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven


The focal centrepiece of this exhibition is our replica boat, dressed for a ship burial. (Shown here on display at the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven, 2019)

Viking Ship Burial

The contents of the boat includes a range of grave goods that the Vikings could have included in a ship burial.

Grave Goods

The grave goods in a ship burial could be used to show the power and status of the deceased.

Archaeological finds

The artefacts included in the exhibition allow an insight in the everyday life of the Vikings. (Shown here on display at the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven, 2019)

Viking combs

Combs were prized possessions in the Viking Age.

Magical Worlds

Our Magical Worlds area is great for younger visitors. (Shown on display here at the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven, 2019)

Magical Worlds

Visitors are introduced to the fascinating world of Viking beliefs and the universe of the Nine Realms.