We visited the museum on a Saturday morning, when it opened at 10am. An easy walk from the town centre and well signposted, do not be put off by the rather brutal concrete appearance of the building. Inside staff were friendly and helpful, and like almost everyone else in Iceland, spoke excellent English. You can hire an interactive commentary and headphones. You simply point it at the information points beside most exhibits and click to get a commentary. One annoyance was that there was not (or we couldn't work out!) a fast forward or skip so you had to listen to it before moving on. There was a red dot countdown for each commentary, so you could gauge how long each one was.
Having obtained our audio guide, and deposited coats and bags in the free lockers in the lower ground floor, we thought coffee was in order before we started. However, the single coffee server had turned up late so we were told to go away and come back later! We browsed the museum shop, where I spotted a beautiful Icelandic brooch in silver, but my husband went conveniently deaf at this point!
By now the shop was open and we bought coffee and cakes. Some hot food, cakes and snacks are available, and were reasonably priced for Iceland.
Suitably fortified, we headed off. On the first floor is a fascinating display of artefacts, jewellery, and documents relating to Icelandic history and culture. The notes were all in Icelandic and English, so it was easy to understand the significance of the exhibits.
On the upper floor is an exhibition of Icelandic regional costumes, which was unusual and very interesting, and areas devoted to buildings and building techniques, fishing and of course the amazing volcanic sculpture in progress that is Iceland.
We came out feeling that we had gained a greater knowledge of the Icelandic character and background, and it was a helpful introduction for our stay
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