Geneva Viking ship tours on tap this fall

GENEVA – A historic Viking ship that is an artifact from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair will be open for viewing in Geneva on Saturday, Sept. 18.

This weekend is the seventh of nine opportunities for the public to examine the ship at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva, a news release stated. Parking is free.

Self-guided or docent-guided tours start at 1 p.m. Docents will lead tours every 15 minutes until 3:30 p.m. Group tours are available by appointment.

Tours also will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16 and 17, during the Cottages in the Woods festival at the park.

Through tours, visitors can learn about the ship’s construction, crew, voyage from Norway to Chicago for the World’s Fair, local history and significance.

Admission is $7 for adults, and free for children ages 17 and younger. Tickets are required and available at https://1893vikingship.us/tours-of-viking/. COVID-related social distancing and mask wearing are enforced.

Built in 1892, the ship was modeled after a vessel called the Gokstad that was estimated to have been built around 890. Made of black oak, the 78-foot-long ship set sail from Norway in April 1893, making stops in Newfoundland and New York, then passing through the Erie Canal and across the Great Lakes before arriving in Chicago in mid-July to be put on display at the World’s Fair, the release stated.

The ship is maintained by Friends of the Viking Ship, a St. Charles-based nonprofit that works for its preservation and public display, as well as a permanent home for the ship.

Call 630-302-7338 or visit vikingship.us for more information.