Museums and Activity Centres


Viking ship. Ribe Viking Museum, Denmark
Viking boat in Ribe Viking Museum (Museet Ribes Vikinger)

Ribe Viking Museum (Museet Ribes Vikinger) 2017

Museum of the Viking era and the Middle Ages. Thousands of artefacts found during recent archaeological excavations in Ribe. Travel from the year 700 to the year 1700 and right through Ribe's dramatic history. See a film about Vikings in Ribe and walk in the Halls of historic experiences - around the market place in the year 800 on a sunny April day where you can step into a reconstructed Viking ship. Stand on the corner in Ribe on a September day in the year 1500 - see - they are building Ribe's church and the baker´s wife is waiting for customers.

Open all year but closed Mondays from 1st Nov. to 1st Apr.

Museum of the Middle Ages - Ribe, Denmark
Ribe Viking Museum is also Ribe's Museum of the Middle Ages

For children at Ribe Viking Museum (Museet Ribes Vikinger):

At this museum children and young people under 18 have free admittance.

  • All Year. Children in the Middle Ages. A children's activity exhibition called "Dagmar and Valdemar" remembering medieval King  Valdemar the Conqueror and his beloved Queen Dagmar. The Queen was said to have died in Ribe.  Dress in medieval clothing and armour, play medieval games, have a look in the kitchen - smell the spices and the dried cod
  • Are you a real Viking? Learn about the Vikings in the interactive Viking game Ribe Viking Museum has taken over from the National Museum's exhibition VIKING. In the Viking game play and education is combined to make learning fun for all. Now a regular part of the Viking exhibition
  • Competitions and events for children. During Danish school holidays there will be various events and competitions for children. 

Dress like children in the Middle Ages
For children: Dress in medieval clothing and armour and play medieval games. Kids exhibition in Ribe Viking Museum

Special exhibitions and events:

  • The Christian Vikings. The story of how the first Christians in Denmark lived side by side with the pagan Vikings in Ribe. As well as the explanation of why Christianity spread to the rest of Denmark and became the main religion until 18th of April 2017
  • Suzhou. Spirit and Life 618-1127. An exhibition of splendid finds from one of the heydays of the Chinese city of Suzhou. June 16 - Sept. 17 2017. 
  • Ghost Walk. Every Wednesday in July and August from 9pm-10pm

Ribe Viking Centre (Ribe VikingeCenter)

Viking falconry shows at Ribe Viking Centre in Denmark
Birds of prey experiences. Viking falconry shows at Ribe VikingeCenter (Ribe Viking Centre) in Denmark.

A visit to Ribe Viking Centre will provide you with a unique experience and new knowledge about the Viking era  in Ribe and Denmark.
At Ribe Viking Centre you can  mix  yourself with the Vikings and suddenly be 1300 years back and part of Danish Viking history. 

You will find yourself in the Viking market place in Ribe year 720. You can also experience the Viking life in Ribe around 825 and visit the large Viking farmer and his family in his manor around 980 AD. You meet working peasants and artisans.

In fact you can wander round the reconstructed life-size Viking estate, peopled with Vikings with whom you can work and talk.
Falconer shows, Viking Warriors, open workshops, have-a-go activities: archery, learn to fight like a Viking, dowel-making, flour grinding, bread baking and Viking games.

Learn to fight like a real Viking warrior. Have-a-go lessons for Children.
Viking Warrior Training. Learn to fight like a real Viking warrior. Have-a-go lessons for Children.

Ribe Viking Centre is open:

From 24th of April to 27th. of Oct. 2017
NB! the centre is closed on Saturdays and Sundays except from 24th of June 2017 to 26th of August 2017
Here you can find what's on in 2017 at Ribe Viking Centre

This little video shows the Viking wise woman at Ribe Viking Centre telling a group of Danhostel Ribe's guests why she has sacrificed a horse

3. Ribe Viking Market 2017. Denmark's most authentic Viking market

Viking warriors. Ribe Viking Market the most authentic Viking market in Denmark
Viking warriors. Ribe Viking Market in Ribe, Denmark. 

This is Denmark's most authentic Viking market, and hundreds of Vikings, craftsmen, traders, archers, riders, musicians, and Viking warriors will invade Ribe Viking Centre (Ribe VikingeCenter). The  marked will be a buzz of activity with a real Viking market atmosphere everywhere. You can also make a good bargain and enjoy the busy market atmosphere with a smell of smoke, food, horses and sweaty Viking warriors.

In 2017 the Viking Market will last from 24th of April to the 30th of April and will bring 500 Vikings from all over Europe to Ribe in Denmark.
Find all the program on this link: Ribe Viking Market 2017
Check out: Ribe Viking Market a top event in Denmark

Viking horses - Icelandic horses - at the Viking Market in RibeVikings riding Icelandic horses at Ribe Viking Market

NB! Our hostel will be quickly booked, so remember to book your room.

Ribe Art Museum (Ribe Kunstmuseum)

Kristian Zahrtmann . Ribe Art Museum, Denmark. "My Lunch Table in Portofino, 1900"
Kristian Zahrtmann . Ribe Art Museum, Denmark. "My Lunch Table in Portofino, 1900"

with a unique collection of paintings from Denmark’s Golden Age. Danish art from 1750-1950. The Ribe Collection is an important part of Danish cultural heritage, including works by Eckersberg, Abildgaard, Zartmann, Hammershøi, L. A. Ring,  the famous Skagen painters (Danish Skaw Painters) and the early Danish modernists.
Changing special exhibitions - also for Children. At this museum children and young people under 18 have free admittance.
The beautifully renovated art museum is an attraction in itself. And in the romantic museum's garden you can see a wall newly built by famous artist Per Kirkeby.
Open all year but closed Mondays (except in July and August)
Homepage of Ribe Art Museum

Special Exhibitions:

  • January 21 - May 14, 2017. Jacob A. Riis. Light in Dark Places
  • May 27 - August 27, 2017. THESES. Danish Contemporary Artists in Dialogue with the Reformation
  • September 8, 2017 to January 7, 2018. Denmark's coasts. Photographs by Janne Klerk. The photographer Janne Klerk has photographed Denmark's coasts and created a beautiful photographic tale.

Ribe Art Museum, Denmark
Ribe Art Museum. The photo to the right "Baptism of a Child" is painted by the Danish Skaw Painter Michael Ancher:

The Wadden Sea Center (Vadehavscentret ved Ribe)

Guided trips in the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea
Guided trips in the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea

The new Wadden Sea Centre from 2017 is "The Gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage".  The exhibition of THE WADDEN SEA CENTRE brings the visitors close to the amazing world of the Wadden Sea and allows the visitors to experience the world-class nature of Denmark. The exhibition will open your eyes, bring you close in and let you touch. You'll get knowledge of tide, wildlife, storm floods, and the huge swarms of migratory birds.

Sea Explorer - UNESCO World Heritage guided trips for children and families in Denmark

Sea Explorer a tide tour for the whole family. UNESCO Wadden Sea World Heritage understandable for children

Guided Tours in the Wadden Sea National Park
Experience the Wadden Sea National Park with the nature guide.  The guides from the Wadden Sea Centre (Vadehavscentret) will organize nature activities and guided tours throughout the year.Tours like Oyster Safari, Seal Safari, Black Sun - Starling Magic, Walks on the tidal flats, Sea Explorer a tide tour for the whole family - exploring the low tide and the dry mudflats.
Learn more about the Wadden Sea Centre and pre-book your guided tour if it has to be pre-booked. Some tours are ‘turn-up and go’ tours: The Wadden Sea Centre

In the video one of the nature guides tells about oyster safari in the Wadden Sea

Ribe Cathedral Museum

You find Ribe Cathedral Museum in the cathedral (1st floor- on your way up in the tower). Opening hours are the same as the cathedral's.

The museum tells Ribe Cathedral's history.
You are told about the Cathedral's history before the Protestant Reformation in 1536 when bishops controlled the churches, all priests were Catholic, and services were held in Latin.  You are also told Ribe Cathedral's history after the Reformation, when the king had the power of the church and the Protestant vicars began preaching in Danish. In the exhibition is both original objects, authentic finds and reconstructions. From the exhibition (1st floor - on the way up in the tower) is an excellent view over the cathedral interior
You can even download an app and have all the texts for the exhibition in English

Ribe Cathedral Museum

The Old Town Hall (Det gamle rådhus)

A small museum in the former debtor's prison. On display are, among others, the Night Watchman’s spiked mace and the executioner’s sword and thumb screws (see: Maren Spliid - The Witch).  The Old Town Hall was Denmark’s oldest functioning city hall until 2007. Although most of the official functions now have been moved to Esbjerg, official receptions and civil weddings still take place at the Old City Hall.

Opening hours:
Wednesdays throughout the year 11am to 3.30pm
15th May - 31th May. Mon - Fri 1pm - 3pm
1st June - 31th Aug Mon - Sun - 1pm - 3pm
1st Sept - 15th Sept Mon - Fri 1pm - 3 pm

Ribelund Museum

Fascinating, small museum unfolds the past in the institution Ribelund, where once, mentally retarded people were hidden away from the world.
Open Thursday 10am - 4pm. Closed December and January.

The Fisheries and Maritime Museum, Esbjerg (35km - 21 English miles)

Seals in the Selarium. Esbjerg, Denmark
Feeding Seals in the Selarium. Daily at 10am und 2.30pm. Esbjerg, Denmark

The Museum is focusing on fisheries and marine biology, the tidal wetlands (Wadden Sea), west Jutland coastal shipping and the North Sea offshore industries.
Meet the common seal and the very rare grey seal in the seal pool - the Sealarium. You can see them fed daily at 10am und 2.30pm.  Read more: The Fisheries and Maritime Museum and The Wadden Sea National Park

LEGOLAND, Billund (60km - 37 English miles)

Legoland - amusement park and miniland - the big world in miniature. See world-famous buildings and areas - all built of 20 million Lego bricks. You can also find Ribe built in Lego bricks. Legoland has more than 50 activities for all ages.

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Viking Warriors
Viking child at Ribe Viking Centre
Ribe's rune stone. The Christian Vikings
Woden from Ribe. Norse mythology
Viking Woman
Thumb screws in the Old Town Hall
Bed with shackles. Ribelund Museum
Legoland. Ribe and Ribe Cathedral



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