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Eve
Atlantic Beach, FL18 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Stuck in Keflavik after a flight was cancelled. Put up in a hotel down the road, so we gave it a wander. Excellently done. Captured my interest and imagination for an hour. Did not care for the modern art section.... some may enjoy the geology area but I loved the history. Really made me think about what it was like to live here in the early 1900s as a fisherman. Very we done. Inexpensjve and worth a trip.
Written June 5, 2022
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Robin W
san francisco, ca228 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Best museum we visited in Iceland. Such interesting exhibits and building. One exhibit where you are surrounded by sounds of the sea looking and photos and artifacts of Icelandic fishing people. Quirky collection of model boats.
Written September 20, 2021
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Shelbey W
15 contributions
Nov 2016 • Family
We had an overnight layover in Keflavik, and it was not convenient to go into Reykjavik because of the Flybus return schedule. So we took the local bus from the airport hotel to the Duushus Museum. It is about a 10-minute ride, then a 5 minute walk. It's right on the water, so it'll be cold, but you get that great rugged ocean view. In the same area there's also a small boat you can climb on, and the Giganta (giant in the cave), but there was nobody in that exhibit the day we went.

The museum is one long building with 5-6 exhibit rooms, the main exhibit being the incredibly intricate ships, all crafted by one man. They are amazing. There are also rooms set up to show what 1950's Iceland was like. Those weren't as interesting. Finally, there is a lot of information (in Islandic and English) about the geo-thermal aspect of Iceland, with the hot springs and volcanoes and earthquake fault lines. The kids (12 and 15) enjoyed those, but the 20 year old was bored the whole time.

The museum was 1,500 IK per person, but kids under 18 are free. It worked for us because we only had 3-4 hours to spare. The museum is connected to a nice restaurant (Kaffi Duus)with a great buffet.

Takeaways: if you have a short layover at Keflavik airport or an early afternoon flight, take the local bus from the airport to Duushus Museum (buy tickets on board or at the first floor coffee shop next to the Arrivals exit). The buses coming back to the airport in the afternoon are less frequent, so you may want to take a cab back. Be aware that there are WINTER and SUMMER hours. If we'd known that the museum didn't open until noon in the winter, we'd have slept later. In summer, it opens at 10. You can do the whole museum in an hour. It's a good way to pass the time if you are "stuck" in Keflavik.
Written November 30, 2016
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Dan A
Washington DC, DC25 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
This is one of those memory makers that are part of every great vacation. We had some extra time before heading to the Blue Lagoon so we spent a couple of hours exploring this gem with great contemporary art and cultural displays. However the crème de la crème was the huge exhibit of model fishing and other boats all built by a seaman during the 30 years of his retirement. At least 200 of his 500 magnificent custom constructed models were on display. My wife and I have no particular connection to sea life or fishing but were just amazed by the magnitude of the collection. While there we learned that this genius craftsman died only three weeks prior to our visit.
Written July 21, 2017
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evanderhorrified
Glasgow, UK133 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
Keflavik is probably less visited because of bigger hitters elsewhere on the island.
Great views from the coastal walk. Not far from the international airport.
The museum here is small but very well done and informative. Part museum and part art gallery. So much information about the country and the local way of life. There is an entrance fee,I can't remember exactly how much.
Leave the room full of colourful model boats until the end. Jaw dropping and worth a visit on its own.
Attached café/restaurant good for coffee,snacks or something more substantial. Well worth a visit.
Written April 9, 2017
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jshaw22
Cancun, Mexico7 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
I finished lunch early, but I wish I finished it even earlier so I could have more time to peruse this museum before heading back on my flight. I paid about $12 to get in, but their 6 exhibits were definitely worth it. Whether you are a contemporary art fan, or a boat enthusiast, or an ornithologist (bird enthusiast), geology or earth aficionado, interested in Icelandic history, this place has got them all covered. This museum doesn't seem like much from the outside, but I assure you, it is very well curated and maintained.
Written March 17, 2017
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,629 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
Impressive collection of handmade wooden model ships - at least 200 - crafted by an earnest hobbyist, is impressive, though the signage is Icelandic, so the descriptions were unrecognizable. Directions to the museum are not clearly marked like the Viking museum, so find it on the west side of the harbor road. Afterwards, it's a quick 5 minute drive to airport. It is a beautiful building, and found myself admiring the beams and rafters secured with wooden pegs - great craftsmanship.
Written June 2, 2015
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abearfellow
630 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We stayed at the Berg, ate at the Duus, and killed time on a cliff walk and a walk through this museum. It is really cool. it's one of the best up close views of the history of icelandic life from back in the day. the two upstairs floors are great - lots of little bits and pieces of things but good descriptions of things in english. main floor has good write ups on the geology/water topography of the area.
really highly recommended
Written April 25, 2018
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Steve C
Great Yarmouth, UK14 contributions
Nov 2016 • Family
We stopped in Keflavic on a rainy afternoon and decided to visit the Duus museum, if you are ever near take time to visit.
There are 6 different exhibition rooms including an art hall which will have different artists throughout the year, and a boat hall containing over 100 hand made models and a pictorial history of fishing in Iceland.
Go you will not be disappointed.
Written November 24, 2016
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GlobalTravler
North America21 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
I never saw so many boat models in my life. Great place to browse through on a rainy afternoon! The staff was very friendly.
Written October 26, 2016
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