Get close to the Vikings in the East at Moesgaard

Join us on a wondrous journey into the exotic, unknown lands of the East, through striking scenography from the era known as the Viking Age – from around AD 800 to 1050. RUS is a special exhibition featuring more than 2000 objects from Denmark and abroad, and showing until 11 September 2022 at Moesgaard Museum.

Learn of recent discoveries about the Vikings who travelled east

Most people have heard of the Vikings of Scandinavia who travelled west to pillage and plunder before heading home with their spoils. That is because their voyages to Normandy and the British Isles have been thoroughly studied and described in detail.

With the special exhibition “RUS – Vikings in the East”, Moesgaard Museum has the pleasure of presenting new research findings about the Vikings from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark who went east instead, crossing the Baltic Sea and travelling all the way to the Byzantine Empire and the Caliphate. Their aim was to trade, but they also went east in search of riches, power, and glory.



Politiken | Hjerter fra Politiken.

Through unique finds and strong narratives, a new and impressive exhibition at Moesgaard Museum tells the story of Viking voyages along the rivers that lie east of Scandinavia (...) This exhibition eminently demonstrates what can be achieved when one of the heavyweights in the museum arena really flexes its muscles. Politiken, 25 January 2022 (Translated from Danish)

Immerse yourself in a sea of spectacular objects from the Viking Age

For this exhibition the museum has more than 2000 dazzling pieces on display on loan from museums abroad. In sheer numbers, this makes RUS the most object-rich special exhibition ever presented at Moesgaard Museum. Exhibits include finds from princely graves in the realm historically known as Kyivan Rus’, silver treasures from the Caliphate in the south, weapons, jewellery, and humble everyday artefacts. This exhibition would not have been possible without the generous collaboration and incomparable loans from fellow museums in Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark.

Read more about the objects on display

Anmeldelser af RUS-udstillingen.

Trade in silver, furs, and slaves

The Rus Vikings, as we collectively refer to this group, founded towns and cities, trading posts and commercial centres for long-distance trade, and even transit hubs. They also achieved a monopoly on trade up and down the river systems in the regions know today as the Baltics, Russia, and Ukraine. They did this by employing a mixture of diplomacy and bloody battles, and by means of a lively trade in silver, furs, and people they had enslaved.

Read more about the geographical areas highlighted in the exhibition


Links to background and inspiration

If you would like to see how Moesgaard Museum built the RUS exhibition, you can find links in the list below:


Gæster i udstillingen RUS – Vikinger i øst

The RUS exhibition was made possible with financial support from the following Danish foundations:

Logoer af fonde, som har støttet udstillingen.


Augustinus Fonden, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, Krogagerfonden, Spar Nord Fonden, Knud Højgaards Fond, and Per og Lise Aarsleffs fond.

The stories in the RUS exhibition were developed in collaboration with Vejle Museums..