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Vikings — Dragons of the Northern Seas

Pointe-à-Callière Montréal Archaeology and History Complex
Surface area
8600 sq ft / 800m2
Completion date

A captivating immersion in the real and imaginary world of the Vikings through tales, artefacts and spectacular imagery.

GSM Project

Showcasing 650 archaeological artefacts from the National Museum of Denmark’s collection, the exhibition Vikings – Dragons of the Northern Seas offers a complete portrait of the Norse seafarers through their everyday lives and their myths on travel, the origins of life and the end of time.

Pointe-à-Callière took on the challenge of reimagining an exhibition concept initially developed by the Austrian firm MuseumsPartner. The museum selected GSM to create an immersive scenography and visual storytelling in which life-size projections drew visitors into the Vikings’ world.

Patrick Desrochers
GSM Project
Patrick Desrochers

Sublime animated scenes from the video game Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft Montreal) were used to immerse visitors in the reality of peasants, traders, warriors, poets who built their reputation and influence. The hyper realistic visuals create a compelling historical context for the artefacts on display.

The exhibition’s artistic direction chose colours inspired by Scandinavian landscapes and iconography based on emblematic symbols in order to showcase this rich Nordic heritage throughout the visitor journey.

GSM Project

Stunning goldwork along with a reproduction of two impressive Viking ships demonstrate the know-how of Viking artisans. The museum also selected objects that are the first known evidence of a Viking presence on the American continent, thus offering a unique perspective on the history of these legendary people in North America..

Patrick Desrochers
Patrick Desrochers

History and entertainment come together in a unique experience revealing the many facets of this legendary people

Patrick Desrochers

In brief

GSM Project created the scenography for the temporary exhibition VIKINGS – Dragons of the Northern Seas, which ran from April to October 2022, and attracted more than 325,000 visitors in just a few months! It was a record attendance in Pointe-à-Callière’s history and a sign of the public’s fascination with the world of the Vikings.