The Husavik Whale Museum
The Husavik Whale Museum
4.5
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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 Húsavík Whale Museum is a non-profit organization established in 1997. The Húsavík Whale Museum is situated in Húsavík, a small town in north east Iceland, on the shores of Skjálfandi Bay, just below the Arctic Circle at 66° N. The museum’s purpose is to educate the public about whales, with emphasis on the species occurring in the North Atlantic. The exhibition provides informative and attractive displays that have the capacity to raise awareness about cetaceans and their environment. The scientific component includes an introduction to the museum’s research, which has been expanding since 2001 and now includes international collaborations and publications. The museum was acknowledged as an educational facility by the Icelandic Ministry of Education in 2007.
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Robert J
Bow, NH173 contributions
Aug 2022
Very informative museum with many skeletal specimens (none from Hunting) including a massive blue whale. Huge displays, definitely worthwhile.
Written September 3, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the visit. Kind regards, The Húsavík Whale Museum Team
Written September 6, 2022
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Ian H
Heywood, UK216 contributions
Jul 2022
An interesting and educational way to spend half an hour looking at the history of whaling and the skeletons of whales
Written July 14, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the visit. Kind regards, The Húsavík Whale Museum Team
Written September 6, 2022
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Kristin J
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Friends
Wonderful displays, à lot of interesting information that was presented in a nice way. Loved the gift shop!
Written July 12, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the visit. Kind regards, The Húsavík Whale Museum Team
Written September 6, 2022
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CoastGuardSteve
Pasadena, MD320 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Its a small museum that shows the whales and some other marine mammals/birds around Iceland. It has a whaling section to show how the industry evolved. Should only take an hour or 90mins. Good to see before a tour.
Written July 9, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the visit. Kind regards, The Húsavík Whale Museum Team
Written September 6, 2022
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Paulina BG
London, UK6 contributions
Jun 2022
Very informative museum, with a purpose where no skeletons come from whales that were purposefully killed.
Written June 25, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the visit. Kind regards, The Húsavík Whale Museum Team
Written September 6, 2022
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Russell3939
Castle Rock, CO680 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
I don’t usually like museums and came because the family wanted to go. I found the museum to be better than expected. Take time to read the little descriptions on most exhibits. I found them to be informative and enlightening. There is not a ton to do in Husavik and if you are looking for something to do, this can kill an hour. The real skeletons of actual whales is pretty impressive
Written June 9, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the visit. Kind regards, The Húsavík Whale Museum Team
Written September 6, 2022
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Rich the Weasle
72 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We'd read about the Husavik Whale Museum in one of our guide books and were very glad that we visited. Great detail on all of the information boards and easy to read too. The array of specimens on display is awesome. All aspects of whales are covered, from telling the different species apart to their relationship with the Icelandic people. Other species of marine life e.g. seals and birds, are also included to help give context. The issues of plastic pollution etc are also addressed and make a thought-provoking aspect to the exhibition.
Written April 5, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We are glad to hear that you found the visit enjoyable. We hope the rest of your time in Iceland was also positive. Kind regards, The Húsavík Whale Museum staff
Written May 8, 2022
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Stefan G
Washington DC, DC979 contributions
Jul 2021
Excellent museum concerning whales - lots of detailed information. Staff very kind. Entry fee fair, and discounted if you present a ticket purchased for a whale watching tour. Toilets and gift shop inside.
Written December 31, 2021
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Thank you for reviewing our museum. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the visit. kind regards, The Húsavík Whale Museum staff
Written January 13, 2022
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Emilie T
Burlingame, CA353 contributions
Sep 2021
Even for those of us who come from whale watching country ( Northern Califonia Coast) this was a must see. No lines andalmost emtpy when we visited, spent aleisurely hour reading and learning. Excellently done.
Written November 11, 2021
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Thank you for the review. We are happy to hear that you thought the visit was worth it, even if you are familiar with whales. Kind regards, The Húsavík Whale Museum Staff
Written December 15, 2021
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Todd T
11 contributions
Oct 2021
This was an excellent museum with some awesome full skeletons of several species of whales, including a small great blue. All of the skeletons were from beached whales, except for one which was hunted my natives in Greenland. My only criticism of the museum is that the lighting was rather dim in some sections of the which made it a bit difficult to read posted information. The price was very reasonable and I got a discount because I had booked a whale watching event for the next day. There were some nice items in the gift shop which I purchased.
Written October 29, 2021
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Thank you for the review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the visit. We would like to apologize for the lighting you speak of. We are experiencing some electrical failures in this old building, but we will be renewing the lighting system before the end of the year. Kind regards, The Húsavík Whale Museum staff
Written November 4, 2021
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