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Saga Museum

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Address: Grandagardi 2, Reykjavik, Iceland
Phone Number: +354 511 1517
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Description: A Viking Museum that intimately recreates key moments in Icelandic early...
A Viking Museum that intimately recreates key moments in Icelandic early history, moments that have determined the fate of our people and which give a compelling view into how Icelanders have lived for more than a millennium. From the time of the earliest settlers, history is brought to life in a unique and exciting way, with life-like wax wax figurines. Visitors are guided through the museum with an audio-guide.
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Interesting but brief.

We decided to duck out of the storm currently battering Reykjavik so went into this particular attraction. It has some resemblance to the Jorvik centre in York but a little less... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We decided to duck out of the storm currently battering Reykjavik so went into this particular attraction. It has some resemblance to the Jorvik centre in York but a little less detailed. It was great to find out some of the history of Iceland and its founding fathers and the wax works were really detailed! However it has left me... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

No lines. Well paced. Fair priced audio tour. Lifelike wax figures that help you visualize the narrative on audio. Gives you a great, brief history of life in Iceland from the beginning of time. Has period costumes at the end of the tour so you can reenact being a Viking if you are so inclined.

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Woodbine, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The Saga Museum consists primarily of wax sculptures that present a story of the founding of Iceland, notable individuals, and the challenges they endured establishing Iceland. You can tour the entire museum in about an hour. There is an assortment of period clothes you can dress up in and have your picture taken next to a large standing bear or... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Nice to get a piece of history here. Best part of course is the room where you get to dress like a viking and take pictures for no extra charge! I think we probably could have walked in and done the photo room without even having to pay to go into the museum. Some of the wax figures are creepy,... More 

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ellon, aberdeenshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The tour takes about 30 minutes, you wear headphones and have an audio description of each exhibit, 17 of them. There are visual reading boards at each one also but the audio gives a little bit more information. Place to get photos of yourself or companions with weapons or dress from the viking age. A bit disappointed that there were... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Great place to while away an hour. You get a headset to explain all the exhibits inside, which are a range of tableaux. When you have finished all that, you get to play dress up as a Viking, with an assortment of helmets, weapons, chainmail and clothing. Great photo opportunities and fun for all ages.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Fantastic waxworks telling the story of the early settlers on Iceland. Our seven year old son loved trying on the Viking costumes.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We had a few hours to kill before our flight home so decided to visit a few museums. We picked Saga because it sounded really interesting from the leaflet. The woman who greeted us was lovely and they have free lockers but that's about it for positives. We were expected something good for the entrance fee but what we got... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I'm a Viking at heart and also by descent! So I was excited to check out the museum that seemed all things Viking. Unfortunately, it was a total waste of money. For about $18 USD, you get about a 30 minute audio tour of 13 mediocre vignettes. The stories were really fun, but I probably could have bought a good... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

For us this site was OK. I think it's better suited for families, and that kids would enjoy it. The replicas were well done.

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