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Saga Museum

Grandagardi 2, Reykjavik, Iceland
+354 511 1517
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Ranked #32 of 85 attractions in Reykjavik
Type: History Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a mini scaled-down low budget version of Disneyland's "Pirates of the Caribbean" - but with a viking/ancient Icelandic history these. They give you a recording device that plays a fairly detailed narrative of Icelandic history as you walk past each wax figure display. It should not take you more than 30 minutes max to tour the whole museum.... More

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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We found this little museum to be quite entertaining, although rather grim since the lives of the earliest settlers were pretty darn harsh. The focus seems to be about telling these stories in as theatrical a way as possible using sound effects as well as the very life-like wax figures. The headphones work well and you can hear the program... More

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Zichron Yaakov, Israel
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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

To be honest I preferred the Settlement Centre at Borgarnes and its Egil Saga section, but this museum is certainly worth a visit if you are only in Reykjavik and its surroundings.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We stopped here on our first day in Iceland. The staff was most helpful, offering us a locked storage area for our backpack. Iceland's history is fascinating and brutal. The audio sets made the tour easy to listen to. We swore one of the lifelike characters moved! He did! The characters are more lifelike than wax museum figures; you'll see... More

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Mission, BC
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

This is a really well presented and succinct recounting of some of Iceland's early history. The included audio guide makes the visit flow nicely and it is different info than that on the panels. I was distracted by the "wax" figures - they are incredibly real! If you watch the little film about the making of the exhibit at the... More

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Dawsonville, Georgia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

What was most impressive about this museum was the lifelike replicas. Take a minute at the end of the tour to watch the video on how they made the characters from molds of real people. The audio tour was really what made this museum worth while. Without it, the room itself was very small, and crowed. But overall it was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Not what I expected, but still very fun. This little museum covers the years of Iceland's settling by the Vikings. There are cool little tableaux of important events and people, all with scary-life-like dummies. The audio tour tells you a lot and I learned quite a bit about the early Icelanders. It doesn't take long, but afterward, if you want,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I visited this with my two teenage sons, we all really enjoyed it. I was impressed that actual historical figures are still so well loved in Icelandic culture. The saga stories are really well told. The staff were really friendly. My sons wanted to know more at the end and have started reading the sagas

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This museum offers interesting stories about Icelandic history. You listen to a headphone set and walk among wax figure scenes. There is minimal seating so you mostly stand while hearing the stories and walk through a darkly lit path moving from one scene to another. The museum experience was a bit short but afterward you are able to take viking... More

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The Saga Museum is full of lifelike waxworks of historical figures and legends from Icelands past. It's all a little disjointed but the stories are nevertheless entertaining. It is now located at the Old Harbour NOT in Perlan.

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