Akranes Folk Museum

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Akranes Folk Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Akranes Folk Museum is the best place in Akranes to get familiar with history. The museum was established and opened in 1959 and is situated on the ancient manor of Gardar. Gardar had a church and a parsonage from the early days of Christianity in Iceland until the last part of the 19th century. Akranes Folk Museum offers a unique insight into past times in Akranes and surrounding area. The museum’s exhibition is in several houses, some of which were moved from other parts of town. The permanent exhibition reflects living conditions and life at sea, in rural areas, at work and in play. In the museum there is also a micro-cinema and a space for temporary exhibitions. An audio guided tour is included in the admission. In the area there is also a lively forge where blacksmiths practice their skills. The forge is sometimes in operation for guests. A visit to Akranes Folk Museum offers something for all senses.
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TravelcrazyAntwerp
Schoten, Belgium1,178 contributions
Couples
My husband and I visited the Akranes Folkmuseum in May 2017.
The museum is a consists of several buildings, and the exhibits range from historical furnished houses to ships, from objects of everyday life to sports memorablia. You name it, and the museum has it.

Since many of the accompanying texts in the museum are in Icelandic only, it is far more interesting to take the guided tour at 2 pm.

Our guide was a very enthusiastic young woman, who gave us a deeper insight in the way of life in Iceland through the ages. Since we were the only ones to take the guided tour at the time, we could ask several questions. As a result, the tour lasted 1,5 hours, but we enjoyed every minute of it.

After the tour we returned again to some of the exhibits in order to look at them a little longer, make a few pictures, and read the very interesting (English) texts about the Icelandic legends.

There is a small café where you can get good coffee, and a visitor center with leaflets on West Iceland. This museum is certainly worth a visit.
Written February 18, 2018
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KarenCW
Doylestown, PA48 contributions
Family
This museum is less than an hour north of Reykjavik in a nice little coastal town. The museum itself is a little hard to find and consists of multiple buildings, historic houses and even a ship. There is a lot to see in this museum and we loved it. My favorite thing was the small houses on the property which you can walk through and see them in the decor from long ago to see how people lived under sometimes harsh conditions without modern conveniences. The museum covered many time periods in Icelandic history and covered topics as varied as sports, schooling, maritime, and everyday home life. A very nice young woman who was working there, escorted us throughout the museum and and went out of her way to explain many things to us. We felt like we had a personal guide! This museum is a hidden gem and was an afternoon well spent.
Written June 10, 2017
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mike67848
Yonkers, NY11 contributions
Couples
The museum centre was pretty interesting. There was an exhibition on Nursing, sports, geology and a general Icelandic history portion. It was good to just walk through and check out. Unfortunately, most of it was only in Icelandic so all I got to see were the actual exhibits without learning much behind them. There is a small cafe which is good for tea and a snack. Overall, I had fun there.
Written July 22, 2015
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revett2016
Santa Rosa, CA519 contributions
Couples
This museum is only open Monday thru Friday now and best to see it during their tour time 1400. It's a fabulous collection of Icelandic history through its numerous collections of memorabilia but does need the guide to share its riches. A real treasure and gem....must see!
Written September 11, 2017
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gaires2359
Melbourne, Australia327 contributions
Friends
Visited as part of a group tour. The museum's collection is housed in different buildings; to complete the circuit, cater at least two-hours for the tour.

The gentleman who guided us at the museum was very informative and personable. Explanation was very clear and we learnt a different story about the origins of the Icelandic people. Artefacts help to illustrate the stories he shared and takes us through the daily life of an Icelander from ancient past to the present day with an exhibition of Icelandic sports personalities at the end of the tour. I loved the legends like why the raven is important to the Icelandic culture and also how there is a Troll living in every rock! The collection also consists of antiques, I especially loved the Model T Ford!

There is a cafe on site but opening hours are erratic (closed most of winter, though when does winter end its not indicated.)

The museum also hosts temporary art exhibitions and has a visitor centre that provides plenty of brochures, pamphlets and leaflets about West Iceland and the surrounds.

Ask for directions to the nearby light house for breathtaking views of the North Atlantic and Akranes fishing port. The light house keeper Hilmar is a very amiable person and lets you sing if you like in the lighthouse for a small "fee" of a photo posted on Facebook!
Written March 16, 2017
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wrightsabq
Pasadena, CA40 contributions
Couples
Highly recommended for anyone staying more than a short while in Reykjavik or planning a trip along the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

The premier place to experience the history of everyday work and play remains the Árbær Open Air Museum on the outskirts of Reykjavik, but Arkanes runs a very close second. The collection is beautifully curated and has an extremely wide variety of exhibits including seafaring life, children's games and toys, Icelandic sports, history of bridal dresses, agricultural and mechanical tools, and even several completely furnished houses that one can explore. Everything is up-close and personal. The staff were informative, warm, and friendly. When we asked about a mysterious implement, one staff member called her mother to identify it (it turned out to be a small hand-cranked cream separator). Especially recommended for families with children.
Written August 15, 2016
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Robsski
Oxfordshire, UK1,801 contributions
Family
This delightful place doesn't get the credit it deserves on the tourist trail. It's a brilliantly curated museum and the exhibits in the folk section building are beautifully put together. You'll get a real insight into what all aspects of life would have been like in Iceland from the early 1900s. In the grounds there are three typical Icelandic houses furnished in the style of three different eras too.

The Icelandic Sports Museum was the most enjoyable for us. All notable Icelandic athletes and most sports are covered - from golf to track&field to football - inc Eidur Gudjohnsen's FA Cup Final Chelsea shirt!

Worth an hour or two although no English descriptions. But you'll get a good feel for things nonetheless.

Áfram Ísland!!!
Written June 11, 2016
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m0gz
United Kingdom16 contributions
Family
This is a great little museum. We particularly enjoyed the three little historical houses but there was so much to offer through out. We had intended a quick visit but stayed most of the afternoon. It was very quiet -only one other set of visitors which was a shame for such a gem of an attraction. However it did mean that we got personal attention and were able to find out all sorts of interesting information from the very well informed staff.
Written September 4, 2014
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Hallfríđur Beck
Reykjavik, Iceland13 contributions
Very nice and interesting museum's.
Those two houses we went to and the awsome ships and houses outside.
Fantastik exerience. My favorite where the sport museum places.
Written July 8, 2021
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StorkRN1
Roseville, CA513 contributions
Friends
We stopped at this museum as part of a guided tour and it proved to be a nice stopover. We got to see blacksmiths at work, tour an old Icelandic home from years gone by, learn a bit about the local area and Icelandic history, and enjoy a cup of coffee with the friendly local guide!
Written February 14, 2019
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We are so glad you enjoyed the visit 😀
Written December 17, 2019
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