Pump House Steam Museum presents visiting Vikings exhibit | Kingston Grand Theatre

Pump House Steam Museum presents visiting Vikings exhibit

Opening August 23 in newly renovated Engineerium

The Pump House Steam Museum is proud to present a visiting exhibit entitled ‘The Vikings: Master Mariners, Traders, Colonists and Artisans’, running August 23 to December 1, 2012 in the newly renovated Engineerium Space at the Museum.

Vikings have long been the victims of bad press: Since the year 789, English and Irish histories have focused on one limited and negative aspect of Viking history – their early raids on monasteries and coastal cities. The image of Vikings as bloodthirsty barbarians has been perpetuated over the centuries.

‘The Vikings: Master Mariners, Traders, Colonists and Artisans’ is a visiting exhibition from the Manitoba Museum that addresses the issue of stereotypes associated with Vikings. Using archaeological evidence of Viking activities in North America and Europe from 780 to1100 to dispel the derogatory stereotypes and replace Hollywood’s damaging portrayal with the truth. The exhibition includes text, illustrations, and artefact replicas from numerous Viking sites in Scandinavia, Greenland, Iceland and the temporary settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows, in Newfoundland, coupled with items from Inuit camps in Canada’s high Arctic islands.



An accompanying exhibit ‘Footprints in History - The Archaeology of Kingston,’ presented in partnership with the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation, explores 1,500 years of human history through Kingston’s rich archaeological heritage.

Educational programming and other learning events accompanying these exhibitions will explore related themes and activities.

Admission to the exhibits is included with admission, $5.00 for adults, $4.25 for students and seniors, and $1.50 for children under 12.

The Pump House Steam Museum is located at 23 Ontario St., 613-546-4291 ext. 1666, phsmuseum [at] cityofkingston.ca or visit steammuseum.ca 

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For further information please contact Stephanie Earp at (613) 546-4291 ext. 1377 or searp [at] cityofkingston.ca