This au­tumn, the Mel­bourne Mu­seum will host the largest col­lec­tion of Vik­ing artefacts to ever be dis­played in Aus­tralia. By Rose John­stone & Re­becca Russo

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Norse work if you can get it – Mel­bourne Mu­seum’s spree of Scando relics

THERE’S MORE TO the Scan­di­na­vian sea­far­ers than sto­ries of sav­agery. Vik­ings:

Be­yond the Leg­end is an ex­hi­bi­tion from the Swedish His­tory Mu­seum fea­tur­ing more than 500 artefacts from one of his­tory’s most fas­ci­nat­ing (and mis­un­der­stood) civil­i­sa­tions. It’s a deep dive into the do­mes­tic life, rit­u­als and be­liefs of the Vik­ing peo­ple, who raided and traded across North­ern Europe from the eighth to the 11th cen­turies and left an in­deli­ble mark on Euro­pean cul­ture. Among the ex­hi­bi­tion’s trea­sures is an eight-me­tre replica of a Vik­ing boat and the skele­tal re­mains of a ship with hand-forged nails still in­tact. And while Chris Hemsworth might not be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance, you will be able to get up close to Thor’s ham­mer pen­dants, plus thou­sand-year-old swords and pieces of in­tri­cate jew­ellery.

Mel­bourne Mu­seum, 11 Ni­chol­son St, Carl­ton 3053. 131 102. mu­se­umsvic­to­ Daily 10am-5pm. $0-$28. Mar 23-Aug 26.

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