(Al Benson photo)
The Geneva Viking Ship will reopen for public visits on Saturday, May 21.
The public is invited. Parking is free at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive in Geneva.
Visit dates are May 15, from 1 to 4 p.m.; June 19, 25, 26 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during Swedish Days; July 16, from 1 to 4 p.m.; Aug. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m.; Sept. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Oct. 15-16, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tours include self-guided and docent-guided tours every 15 minutes to 3:15 p.m. For private group tours, call (630) 302-7333.
Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for ages 13-17 and children 12 younger, free. Tickets are available at the door and online at vikingship.us/tours-of-viking. Only credit cards will be accepted.
The Viking is a life-size replica sailed from Bergen, Norway to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Visitors can learn about her construction, crew, voyage from Norway to Chicago, local history and significance.
The ship is maintained by Friends of the Viking Ship, a St. Charles-based nonprofit that works for the preservation, public display and permanent home for the ship.