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Saga Museum

Grandagardi 2, Reykjavik, Iceland
+354 511 1517
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Ranked #28 of 89 Attractions in Reykjavik
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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.
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Brecon, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were off Whale watching with Elding and near the car park we saw the Saga Museum. We took a chance and got a great tour with an audio description via mp3 player. The models are so realistic.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
43 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Only 10 minutes from the city centre we actually wondered whether it had shut! So unassuming is the outside of the building but once inside you enter a different world. As with everything in Iceland by our UK standards it seems expensive for a museum. But it is more than that as the price includes audio set up maiking you... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
15 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Great little museum with various languages provided via earphones/mp3, a bit of a travelogue to go with the really lifelike figures. £10 entry each but those are the prices (twice as much) in Iceland. Also great dress up room at the end with helmets, chain mail, swords & spears which can be photographed no rush to enjoy. Worth a visit.

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Normanton, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We travelled as a family of four including our 15 year old grandson who wanted to visit the museum. We found the Saga Museum very interesting, informative and well laid out. It was thoroughly enjoyable and well worth the money. There was an opportunity to try on some of the costumes e.g. chain mail, dresses, jackets, hats etc for photo... More

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We headed here to give our son some Viking history. It was ok, an adio tour with wax work exhibits showing various stages of Icelandic history but having been to places like Yorvik in York, it could have been so much better. The boys loved the dress-up and play vikings bit at the end of the tour. The gift shop... More

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

In preparing for our trip to Iceland, I read a few thousand pages of history, culture, tourism, and lots of sagas. With this background -- or with any cursory background in Icelandic sagas -- the museum was a disappointment to me. The exhibits were well-done but not terribly informative and the overall audio tour (highly recommended over merely reading the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Saga museum offers an audio guide through the museum and a fun dress up as a Viking an take a photo of yourself opportunity. The museum cafe does the most amazing traditional fish soup . Also a lovely little craft gift shop .

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Perth, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

If you are spending some time Reykjavik bound then this little museum is worth a look, if not just for the historical aspect then also for the exquisite figures created for it. You find it down near the docks in a small building, an easy walk from the main street of town. The museum is a walk-through with a recorded... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is essentially just a small collection of wax figures to look at while you listen to an audio guide. It takes about 30 minutes to go through, and even then it's only because some of the audio commentary is needlessly verbose. So, like many man-made exhibits in Iceland, it feels like the primary purpose is to extract money from... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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154 reviews 154 reviews
117 attraction reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Now relocated from Perlan to the end of the old harbour, so easier to get to. We spent a few entertaining and enjoyable hours here, although the actual audio guided tour is only 30 mins! It provides a great potted history of the key stages of the settlement of Iceland through tableaux, text and an audio guide in several languages... More

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