Natural History Museum of Kopavogur

Natural History Museum of Kopavogur, Reykjavik: Hours, Address, Natural History Museum of Kopavogur Reviews: 4.5/5

Natural History Museum of Kopavogur

Natural History Museum of Kopavogur
4.5
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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branelukac
Belgrade, Serbia211 contributions
Family
Positioned directly on bus station.
Easy to reach but hard to find. It is in library building, downstairs. Free entry.
Excellent place to learn about Iceland and Atlantic wildlife.
Stones and minerals collection is very interesting. Birds, fishes and animals are well presented, but you must be biologist to identify species - names written in Latin and Icelandic language.
Really like this presentation - Orca sceleton is the most famous exhibit.
Written June 29, 2013
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mrlukenik
Southampton, UK258 contributions
Solo
I recently visited this museum and found it very interesting. Like other posters have mentioned, make sure you ask for a guide in English as the signage is in Islandic (barring the Latin classifications. A great little museum on the right as you enter the main door. Across the paved area is the art museum too. Don't forget to look at the orca skeleton too!
Written June 7, 2018
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itcheetam
Los Angeles, CA3,724 contributions
Friends
I stumbled upon this museum while looking for interesting architectural building. Its housed inside the library within a cluster of buildings (Kopavogar art museum, concert hall, Kopavogur School of music, library) I was shocked its free and contained so much artifacts. Especially in Iceland, they charged you for every little thing, and this museum is free and nicely maintained. Especially with all glass surrounding, very well lit and bright and airy. I especially enjoyed it because no one was around, few people know this exist. From birds, animals, fish to rock collection. A cute museum deserve a visit if you happen to be in this area.
Written October 18, 2017
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ThorFjalar
Keflavik, Iceland2 contributions
Solo
This museum is in Kópavogur, a town right next to Reykjavík. The correct address is Hamraborg 6a, Kópavogur, bus route 1 from Reykjavík.
Written August 18, 2014
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bbb57aolcom
san francisco1,129 contributions
Friends
First off --- there are no elephants living in Iceland --- not sure of where this photo came from, but it was not taken in Iceland.

Second --- it is a small basement museum --- interesting (glad I went), but you will not miss much if you do not go. It is in the basement of the library (see photo of library); after entering the library follow the yellow paw prints to the museum.

POSITIVES:

1) price --- free (bus is about $7 USD roundtrip)
2) nice selection of wildlife from Iceland
3) right on the bus route from downtown (lets you off in front; picks you up across the street)
4) 30-45 minutes

NEGATIVES:

1) all the signs are in Icelandic (the latin name is also given)

OTHER COMMENT:

There is an interesting church one block away; it was snowing so I did not visit the church, so plan an extra 30 minutes to visit it if the weather is nice.
Written December 16, 2013
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runner1duck
Bridgwater, UK18 contributions
Friends
Lovely exhibition [free] of birds mammals geology of Iceland. All info in Icelandic but English info available.
Strongly recommend you visit the cafe in the art gallery. Lovely lady explained all the food which was delicious. When asked about a menu in English she said she was the menu! Lovely experience. She said that they didn't get many visitors from UK and was surprised to see us.
Written August 21, 2017
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Kendall H
Kansas City, MO186 contributions
This is a small museum in the basement of a library and it is worth a visit. My husband and I went, picked up the English guide, as all signage is in Icelandic. The guide was not all inclusive, but it was a big help. They have many of the birds and sea life in Iceland for viewing. I have to say how much I loved the way the museum went all out for Christmas by putting little knitted hats on the birds and crabs!
Written December 9, 2015
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bigwawao
New York City, NY9,899 contributions
Solo
I read about it here. Few reviews. Few on the internet. I decided, on my very last day to visit it. And this is after I asked on the forum. I am so glad I did!

The museum is free. It is part of a group of institutions that they called their Culture House.

The museum is small. The signage are all in Icelandic. But the displays are a great sampling of everything Icelandic. For example, if you wonder why air travel was shut down after Eyafjallajokul exploded- because they said it spew fine ash into the air- you could see it her. They actually have, side by side, the ash spewed by 3 different volcanoes-Eyafjallajokul and two others. I was surprised by the size difference of the ash thrown up into the sky.
Their stuffed animals are very well made and maintained. Looked alive.
Saw a puffin specimen. Never saw it elsewhere in Reykjavik.
Great sampling of the different rocks found in Iceland, including a few basalt columns.
I was the only one there. Few people knew it existed. There were school children in the connected public library but they did not come into the museum.
There is a nearby art museum that you could visit after this place.
I definitely recommend this place. The only expense you have will be the bus fare if you don't have a car. The bus stop right in front of the Culture Center.
Written June 23, 2018
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Randy C
Summerfield, Florida, United States811 contributions
We enjoyed seeing things here that we did not expect to see that existed in Iceland. Truly eye opening!
Written July 5, 2018
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