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National Museum of Iceland

Sudurgata 41, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Ranked #8 of 83 attractions in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums
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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

This museum is highly informative of Icelandic history, culture and tradition. It provides an overview of the things that occurred in the island and a perfect introduction to anyone who is not aware of its past. I have also found the placing of the artefacts engaging. The only issue is the price which could be considered a bit expensive yet... More

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

On a rainy day during our vacation, we went to this museum and had a delightful time. The historical exhibits were interesting and informative. I went in not knowing much about Icelandic history, but left with a clear sense of it. They have a very nice gift shop and cafe that served snacks, pastry, coffee and tea. I highly recommend... More

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful museum with a focus on Iceland's history in chronological order with beautiful pieces of furniture, clothing, and artifacts. We really enjoyed the various multi-media presentations throughout the museum to enhance the experience. Iceland's history of Christianity is reflected in the artifacts presented. Worth the trip and a couple of hours to really enjoy the experience.

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
51 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

The Museum is very easy to find - the bus (and there are lots of them) stops almost right outside, otherwise it is a 10 minute stroll from the lake. The café in the lobby does a great and satisfying coffee and some excellent if somewhat expensive gluten free cakes, but this is not of course you visit - you... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

It is a typical national museum, highlighting the history of the area. I liked the interactive videos although the touch screens weren't always responsive. The kids area was very small, compared the huge kids area in the Danish National Museum we saw the week before. I learned a lot about Icelandic history. the museum is small however, and if large... More

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State College, Pennsylvania, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This museum has two levels to it. Lower level is full of artifacts from excavations which is very interesting. Upper level focuses on the modern era. Various interactive video exhibits throughout. There are two obvious motives throughout: ancestry (tracing back to Eric the Red and his son Leif the Lucky) and the island's conversion to Christianity. This museum is very... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The museum gives you a brief run through of Iceland history from the settlement until today with focus on the earlier history. They have a number of objects connected to different historic periods. Combined with that there are short texts pointing to important facts and also audio/visual presentations. I thought it was great. It's small enough for you to take... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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9 reviews 9 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

If you want to learn about the history of Icelandhis is the place to be. So many interesting things to see. Probably why this museum is an award winning one.

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Houston, Texas
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117 reviews 117 reviews
67 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Although the square feet of exhibit space is not huge (two floors) they have figured out how to put together a first rate exhibition. There are lots of things to see, but the place is not crowded. Everything is well labeled in Icelandic and English. Unlike many museums, all the written information is well lit and easy to read. I... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

We visited the museum our last day in Iceland after having driven around the countryside for a week. The museum is nicely laid out and gives a good overview of Icelandic history and a manageable assortment of pieces to view. Highly recommend the free English tour at 11 am. We had a friendly enthusiastic guide who brought the history to... More

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