Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft

Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft

Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The museum is a compination between historical facts abut what happened in Iceland in the 17th century concerning to the witchcraze in Iceland, a period of appr. 50 years and Icelandic folklore connected to magic and sorcery. The museum has guides in several languages, English, Czech, French, Hebrew, Dutch, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish. The museum also runs a small restaurant where emphasis is placed on seafood including blue mussels which are farmed in the clean fjord. Both the museum and the restaurant are open whole year.The second part of the museum is The Sorcerer's Cottage located 28 km north of Hólmavík.
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Li S
Ely, UK722 contributions
For full disclosure, I am a practicing witch from the UK, and work for an organisation that’s main aim is to educate people about witchcraft to stop discrimination, so I may be a little bias…

The museum is modern and incredibly well laid out. Visitors are given a numbered guide to the exhibits, which I found so fascinating I bought the book version from the shop. All of the artifacts and reproductions are beautifully displayed and well labelled in English and Icelandic. Each exhibit also provides great ‘jumping off’ points if you want to research it further.

Outside there are a few interesting artifacts, whale skulls, horses skulls on altar etc. but they’re not labelled, just a pleasant garden. Free parking, level access and clean toilets on the ground floor. Café was fantastic, but I will cover that under a separate review as we visited on another day.

Highly recommended!
Written August 6, 2021
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Debbie X
Zurrieq, Malta128 contributions
We were there in August. The museum is very interesting and informative...and a bit creepy too, but still cool. After the museum visit we decided to have lunch there and had some really good soup, very tasty and genuine ingredients. Staff very friendly and helpful.
Highly recommend it.
Written September 5, 2022
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Jerrez
London, UK51 contributions
Solo
The food is superb, friendly staff in lovely surroundings. The museum is a great piece of fun to top off your lunch and an Icelandic / English guide book is provided for your walk around. A lovely gem in Holmavik
Written September 24, 2021
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Jonathan
Reykjavik, Iceland5 contributions
There is much more to this small museum than meets the eye! There is so much information inside about the history of witchcraft in Iceland, along with many "artifacts." I ended up spending so much time reading all the materials there that we ran out of time and had to leave. Definitely worth a visit!
Written March 3, 2021
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Annelies B
Antwerp Province, Belgium213 contributions
I do understand the idea behind the museum, but the design doesn't really work. There is not much written information, it is small, and the person at the counter was simply not welcoming. Hopefully it was just then and there, so don’t let that hold you back from visiting. I just did not learn much, which is still a basic principle of going to a museum.
Written September 27, 2020
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Carli M
Canada219 contributions
Friends
Since I don't know you, I don't know if I would recommend it or not. Is it entertaining? Yes. Creepy? Also yes. If you are looking to be frugal, it is totally skippable too.
It has a lot of language translations if you don't read Icelandic, we didn't, they have a list of languages at the ticket counter.
It has examples of what types of witchery was used in Iceland, very different from most of Europe and some creepy exhibits. Lists of those put to death due to witch trials.
I don't regret paying my 1200 ISK (900 for seniors) to get in but I sure wouldn't go again.
Written September 22, 2022
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Sassysorsker
Clovis, CA112 contributions
Couples
Girl at the front wasn’t welcoming other than giving us a book in English and telling us where to go. Honestly, I could have just sat down and read the book and not really looked at the exhibits. Nothing was interactive. I really wanted to love this place, but …no. Other than a few props, it was just a room. It would have been nice to have a movie, an interactive map, some info as to why everyone confessed, knowledge of where witchcraft began, or info as to the symbolism. There were lots of witchcraft implements, but I didn’t understand what they were used for. See pics. It may be different if I was Icelandic since it was labeled in their native tongue. Free bathrooms were an upside and as well as being able to say we went.
Written August 5, 2021
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Stefan G
Washington DC, DC977 contributions
Strange, but fun small museum for sure. Who doesn't want to see necromancer pants made out of human skin? Learn about local folklore legends and myths. Spooky, I suppose. Definitely a must do in this part of Iceland. Staff is courteous. Café, giftshop, toilets on site.
Written February 6, 2022
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marcysmom
Boston, MA109 contributions
Family
We drove to Holmavik from Reykjavik. It's a long ride but well worth it.

Our destination in Hólmavík was the witch museum. I took a witchcraft course at Harvard a few years ago and our Prof. was an Icelandic scholar. He told us about this museum (http://www.galdrasyning.is/index.php?lang=en) which houses some grimoires from the 17th century with symbols and spells by witches. 20 witches were executed at that time -- 19 men and 1 woman. The museum also has a unique replica of "necropants," which our Prof. told us about. I've included a photo of them here and you can read about them here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2476512/Are-terrifying-trousers-The-17th-century-NECROPANTS-corpse-legs--supposed-lucky.html#ixzz2ik8eGnYm. They are VERY interesting, and not for the faint of heart! :-)

Siggy is the proprietor of the museum. He is a knowledgeable, interesting person to talk with. If you visit the museum, be sure to sample some of Siggy's delicious food! And don't forget to say hi to his gorgeous pet cat!
Written November 23, 2014
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Very U
Glasgow, UK17 contributions
Friends
When I went in to the museum part of the building, I wondered why there were so many people sitting around in the very comfortable saggy armchairs, reading books. Then I realised why. You have to read about it all in your English translation booklet as everything is annotated in Icelandic (of course it should be) and therefore everyone discovers it is more energy-efficient to sit and read it through from beginning to end, and only then to walk around looking at the artefacts described in the booklet. I have to say that the armchairs were nice and I fell asleep at one point - to dream of dead man's trousers, which are not at all what you might imagine them to be. Go and see!
I found it interesting that the 'sorcerers' who were disposed of by burning alive were mainly men and only one woman is documented, unlike in Scotland, where it is tied up in deep mysogyny.
It occurred to me while meandering around Holmavík, that someone should write a guide to the town and the area in English or multiple languages. I spent quite a lot of time using google translate to try to understand the meanings of the street names etc. There are many old and picturesque buildings there. It would be amusing for families to hunt for certain places or find the old steam house for example or to say hello to Hippo the cat! I wouldn't mind doing it if asked, but what about a project in the school? It's an interesting and scenic little place to visit in its own right and not everyone wants to go out every day to watch whales.
Interesting museum though and good to find out about some of the history.
Written August 21, 2018
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