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National Museum of Iceland

Sudurgata 41, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Ranked #9 of 85 attractions in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The lighting in the museum was very poor. I understand low light helps preserve artifacts but it was difficult reading the notes on the artifacts. Interesting attempt to make the history appealing. Hardy people with persistence for sure.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed a couple of hours at the National Museum. It is an easy walk from the city centre past the lake. The displays are a little confusing I terms of where to start and which direction to take. But for a first time visitor to Iceland I think the national museum is well worth a visit.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

A bit off the beaten path from the old town area, but worth the trip to it (by bus or a quick walk), this museum is very informative of Iceland's history. Plus, it is not a large museum so you can get through all of it in under 3 hours and pretty much see all it has on display. A... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

This was a very interesting and informative museum, whose location in central Reykjavik makes it very accessible. Helps set a visit to Iceland in context.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Well done displays. Nice layout and traffic flow. Not crowded. A bit expensive like everything in Iceland.

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Parksville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We joined a museum tour given by a docent and highly recommend this. This museum covers so much of Iceland`s history from ancient to modern in an attractive and accessible way.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We visited the museum after having travelled around Iceland with a tour guide for a week and the museum nicely consolidated all that we had learned in the previous week. It is well laid out and provides eye catching displays that are informative and interesting. They even had a reading room with a chess board so we were able to... More

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Excellent example of how to bring your country's history to life. Extremely interesting and informative displays give a real insight into what makes Iceland the fascinating place it is today.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I visited this museum without huge expectations, truly it was to get a break from the pouring rain. So I rented the audio guide so as to get a better feel for the information. The exhibits were really well done and I came away with a good sense of Icelandic history. I'd recommend making this one of the things I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Very good exhibits presented in a chronological fashion over 2 floors. We found the audio guide a little long. The written information was well done . Budget at least 2 hours for the visit of the museum. The cafe has a good selection of reasonably priced food. If you like history this museum should be tops on your list if... More

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