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Viking village Forteviken

The history of Fotevikens Museum

In 1995, the Foteviken Museum was established as a municipal museum. The mission was to put focus on the Vellinge Municipality?s Viking age and the maritime history along the municipality?s coastal landscapes and coastal waters. The mission was later redefined to include a wider area. The main areas today are:

The Viking ages and the Middle Ages history with the starting point in Scania.
Bringing the history to life and conveying our cultural heritage to a wide audience.
The passing of our knowledge in an informative and thorough manner, including via modern digital technology.

The museum business was developed from the archaeological activities that the SVEG association (Scandinavian Viking Explorer Group) built up during the 1980?s and whose work developed into a cultural pilot project and a cutting edge for southern Sweden?s marine archaeology.

In 1993, the Foundation of Fotevikens Maritima Centrum was established. The roots for the establishment already existed in the SVEG association with its chairman Björn M Jakobsen. Other partners were the Falsterbo Peninsula Museum Organisation and the Vellinge Municipality. In the beginning, the work was defined to spread knowledge about the Nordic Viking ages and to developing the Maritime archaeology. After the marine archeology in 1999 moved to Malmö museums have the subject area substantially been reduced and the Foundation has now ceased.

In 1995, The Foteviken museum was founded and Björn M Jakobsen became the museum director. The same year the former museum director for Malmö, Sven Rosborn joined as the head of information and research at the museum and as a scientific representative on the board at the Foteviken Maritime Centre Foundation.

Vellinge Municipality allocated an approximately 70,000 square meters of land at Höllvikens northeastern shore for the museum´s activities. In 1997, the planning and construction of the Viking town, an archaeological open air museum, had begun and is so far the worlds first and only attempt to recreate a Viking town, based on the archaeological findings and historical source materials. Here we got the opportunity to develop the experimental archaeology with the goal to bring the Vikings history to life.

1999. After being the initiator to- and helped with the constructing of the Scanian maritime archaeology, Fotevikens Museum handed over the responsibility to Malmö Culture department. The museum then focused on the visualisation of the maritime history for a wider public. The museum initiated the building of two cogs after medieval models. The project, which was located in Malmö but led by the Foteviken Museum, became the largest medieval project for over six years in Scandinavia. The Viking environment grew in the meanwhile in the Viking town. At the same time the Viking exhibition environments in the Viking town grew steadily.

To conduct its own research and learn from others research much form the backbone of this type of activity, to physically bring our heritage to life. Despite the limited resources, the museum conducts a great deal of work in this field. The project ?Malmö 1692? is one example of many. This project initiated and carried out by the museum?s research department under a number years. It has been possible to digitally recreate the 1600?s Malmö with the use of all historically known sources until 2007. The project is completely unique, even seen from a European perspective.

Fotevikens Museum has also frequently participated in and led many EU project in the past 10 years.
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Contact for visitors:
Viking village Forteviken
+46(40) -330 807
7 May - 20 June: Tuesday - Friday, shop and admission open from 10am - 4pm, the Viking Town is open an additional hour until 5pm.
22 June - 1 September: all days, time of day same as above.
3 September - 13 September: Tuesday - Friday, time
Regard price list
Adults:90 SEK.
Children: 6-15 years old,30 SEK.
Families: (2 adults and 2 children)220 SEK.
Senior citizens:70 SEK.
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