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Geoff Wood




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PostPosted: Wed 05 Jul, 2006 10:20 am    Post subject: Recommendations for Scandinavian museums         Reply with quote

Hi All
I was considering a trip to one or more of the scandinavian countries. I'd welcome advice from scandinavian members or any others with appropriate knowledge as to good museums in that part of the world for swords, shields etc. etc. of the period 400 to 1500 AD.
Thanks to anyone who can help
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PostPosted: Wed 05 Jul, 2006 11:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

i personally like the denmark national museum (i think thats what it was called) in down town copenhagen. the other was the ship museum at roskilde.
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PostPosted: Wed 05 Jul, 2006 12:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

All the good stuff here in Sweden are in Historiska Museum in Stockholm WTF?! Happy

http://www.historiska.se/

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PostPosted: Wed 05 Jul, 2006 3:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Chuck Russell wrote:
i personally like the denmark national museum (i think thats what it was called) in down town copenhagen. the other was the ship museum at roskilde.


There's the Military Museum in Copenhagen. Two floors about 500m long. The first floor and outside have an extensive collection of cannon from medieval to WWII including the only German 88mm Flak Gun I've ever seen up close in good condition.

The top floor is a gem with cases and cases of swords, antique guns and even some rare weapons that you won't find anywhere else including a bipod mounted Thompson M1 SMG from WWII and one of the oldest surviving handguns I've ever seen from the fourteenth century I believe. The museum staff are great too and it's well worth a day in Copenhagen to see it all (takes about six hours if you take your time).
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PostPosted: Thu 06 Jul, 2006 1:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

While I'd normally recommend the National Museum in Denmark, the prehistoric section is unfortunately closed until 2008. Last year I visited the Historiska Museum in Stockholm, but unfortunately there the prehistoric section was closed when I was there. I believe that's been reopened since then (best check). When I was there, I did see the Viking section and the gold room (covering all ages), which was already really impressive. I wasn't able to take many photos there though, as it's not allowed in the gold room, and the Viking period room was too dark.

If you don't mind being spoiled, you can have a look at my photo pages of the various musea and places I've visited in Denmark and Sweden (and other countries as well):
http://1500bc.com/index2.html

But keep in mind that in the National Museum in Copenhagen, the prehistory will be closed, and the temporary exhibition "Sejrens Triumph" is also no longer there.
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PostPosted: Thu 06 Jul, 2006 3:13 am    Post subject: thanks         Reply with quote

Chuck, Patrik, Bryce and Jeroen
Thanks very much for the responses. Plenty for me to be looking into.
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PostPosted: Thu 06 Jul, 2006 5:45 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Depends a little on where in Scandinavia you go.

A visit to the Royal Armoury in Stockholm and the Medieval Museum is almost a must for a W and A freak. Then you have lots of sites all over to see. If you are in the north close to Trondheim and Östersund you should pay Jamtli in Östersund a visit. Lots of spearheads and seaxes and stuff. Then you have the Skokoster castle Armoury in Sigtuna. (about an hour from Stockholm or Uppsala) and the Museum in Uppsala and the cathedral in Uppsala is well worth a visit.

Just a few of top of my head...

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PostPosted: Thu 06 Jul, 2006 6:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Martin Wallgren wrote:
Depends a little on where in Scandinavia you go.

A visit to the Royal Armoury in Stockholm and the Medieval Museum is almost a must for a W and A freak. Then you have lots of sites all over to see. If you are in the north close to Trondheim and Östersund you should pay Jamtli in Östersund a visit. Lots of spearheads and seaxes and stuff. Then you have the Skokoster castle Armoury in Sigtuna. (about an hour from Stockholm or Uppsala) and the Museum in Uppsala and the cathedral in Uppsala is well worth a visit.

Just a few of top of my head...

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Thanks Martin
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The largest norwegian museums are, naturally, in Oslo. Army museum, viking ship museum (contains the Gokstad and Oseberg ships), and historical museum...
Embarisingly enough, I've been to neither since I was 12.... Blush

"this [fight] looks curious, almost like a game. See, they are looking around them before they fall, to find a dry spot to fall on, or they are falling on their shields. Can you see blood on their cloths and weapons? No. This must be trickery."
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Elling Polden wrote:

Embarisingly enough, I've been to neither since I was 12.... Blush


I was about to jump all over you for that one... and then thought about it a little. Here in my home town we have the space and rocket museum which includes among other things a moon rock and the only extant (so far as I know) Saturn V rocket still in existence. I've been once in the past 10 years... we often don't appreciate the stuff around us, after all it will "always be there." Happy

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PostPosted: Thu 06 Jul, 2006 7:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Elling Polden wrote:
The largest norwegian museums are, naturally, in Oslo. Army museum, viking ship museum (contains the Gokstad and Oseberg ships), and historical museum...
Embarisingly enough, I've been to neither since I was 12.... Blush



Thanks Elling. I was the same when I lived near London. I had to make myself visit the good places before I left the area.
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PostPosted: Thu 06 Jul, 2006 7:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Russ Ellis wrote:
Here in my home town we have the space and rocket museum which includes among other things a moon rock and the only extant (so far as I know) Saturn V rocket still in existence. I've been once in the past 10 years... we often don't appreciate the stuff around us, after all it will "always be there." Happy


Hi Russ
Ahh aerospace! Now there's something probably of greater interest to me than swords (well, for a greater period of my life at least).
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Russ Ellis wrote:
...the only extant (so far as I know) Saturn V rocket still in existence....
Way OT here, but there is another one at Kennedy Space Center (about 45 miles from here), with its own special building and exhibit. Last time I saw it was about 1998 with a bunch of guests from China.
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Steve Grisetti wrote:
Way OT here, but there is another one at Kennedy Space Center (about 45 miles from here), with its own special building and exhibit. Last time I saw it was about 1998 with a bunch of guests from China.


Oh really? Is it complete? Assembled? The reason I ask is because the Smithsonian made a play to heist ours some years back saying it was the only one left. If it's not maybe I can point them towards one in Kentucky... Happy

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Russ Ellis wrote:
...Oh really? Is it complete? Assembled?....
Yes, and nicely restored. It is a major draw down here.
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Yes, and nicely restored. It is a major draw down here.


Well what do you know. I learned my thing for the day and just got it in under the wire. Happy Sounds like that one might be in better shape then the one up here.

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PostPosted: Fri 07 Jul, 2006 5:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

To my defence, Oslo is a 7 hour train ride away. Happy
I'm a frequent visitor to my local historical museum. The lady in in the reception is starting to think I'm loony. :P
However, it only has a small collection viking age swords and spears on display.

"this [fight] looks curious, almost like a game. See, they are looking around them before they fall, to find a dry spot to fall on, or they are falling on their shields. Can you see blood on their cloths and weapons? No. This must be trickery."
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Elling Polden wrote:
The lady in in the reception is starting to think I'm loony. :P


Frightening how perceptive receptionists can be sometimes... Wink

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PostPosted: Fri 07 Jul, 2006 6:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Russ Ellis wrote:
Elling Polden wrote:
The lady in in the reception is starting to think I'm loony. :P


Frightening how perceptive receptionists can be sometimes... Wink

When i visit our local museum, i just buy the ticket and walk away and i hear she yell from my back
"the viking stuff are 1 stair up and left"
it's not much in display there, some swords 1axe 2 spears 1 bukler 1ship and some "bling bling"
Göteborgs stads museum
Simple search for what they have in stock they working on it for photo's.
I am curious on this Axe right now

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Interesting axe, is it pattern welded?
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