National Museum of Iceland

National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik: Hours, Address, National Museum of Iceland Reviews: 4.5/5

National Museum of Iceland
4.5
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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Patricia S
Kenai, AK274 contributions
Great introduction to Iceland
Sep 2021
Perfect place to relax, become informed and have a warm drink on a rainy day. Almost every display had english translations and it was the perfect size. There were also thoughtful senior rates, easy parking and a lovely gift shop. This was a perfect first day in Iceland choice.
Written September 26, 2021
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,151 contributions
An interesting look at Icelandic history
Jul 2021
We arrived here without booking a tour and in hindsight a guided tour would have given us a much better insight into the displays. Saying that we still had a good couple of hours here exploring the exhibits, with each area showing different modern ages of Iceland from 800's up to the 2000's.

With a low entry fee for Iceland of around £12.00 for an adult, it is well worth a visit if you are spending more than a couple of days here and a good way to spend two hours. I still preferred the more interactive displays of Perlan, but if you can do both it is worth it.
Written September 20, 2021
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Robert B
Vacaville, United States24 contributions
Great history
Sep 2021
Super overview of Iceland history. Well done, well organized. Free coat check also. Was included in Reykjavik City Card also.
Written September 14, 2021
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507adventurelover
Port Washington, Wisconsin192 contributions
A Great Place to see Iceland's Cultural history
Aug 2021
This museum does not attempt to introduce you to the world's treasures, but to Iceland's treasures! I was surprised to see so much variety and the richness of the artifacts present. I didn't have enough time to do this museum's treasures justice. It also has a great gift shop.
Written September 12, 2021
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Donald L
19 contributions
Two hours in the museum
Aug 2021
Several nice exhibits written in both Icelandic and English. There is a senior discount if 67 or older
Written September 3, 2021
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Ed B
San Jose, CA121 contributions
Good to do first day in Iceland
Aug 2021
Good complete history of Iceland to get you familiar with settlement, changes, and modern Iceland. Just the right amount of info at each display.
Written August 21, 2021
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Maggie_NHam
Nottingham, UK259 contributions
Vastly interesting account of Iceland's history
Aug 2021
What an excellent museum. It covers from the Settlement period and through the many changes of religion and government. Very interesting, learnt a lot.

There's an audio guide for some of the numbered plaques, but not all. So you do need to read plaques aswell. Spread over 2 floors, There's loads to see and read. The lighting on some exhibits did make it difficult to see some. And the numbering is somewhat idiosyncratic as you criss cross the room or back track slightly. No ear phones are supplied, sensibly for Covid reasons. Some folk played their audio rather too loud, without any thought of others, which was disconcerting if you're trying to read or listen to a different one.
Tip: take your own earphones.

Usefully, you can leave your coat and bag in a locker at no extra charge. Photography without flash is allowed. A brilliant visit.
Written August 17, 2021
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Robert R
Fairfax, VA809 contributions
Iceland History
Jul 2021
A worthwhile 2 hour visit. the museum is broken down by years starting with the 800s when Iceland was first populated. Most interesting was reading about how many people died by the plagues and volcanic eruptions. Iceland population would be at least triple if these did no occur. They had a convincing argument that Leif Ericksen rather than Columbus discovered North America.
Written August 9, 2021
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Barbara W
Utah391 contributions
Well organized, good signage, helpful staff
Aug 2021
The museum covers two floors and is organized in chronological order from the time of settlement by the Vikings to the present day. It's not a perfectly straight path as one must walk left and right to cover all the exhibits, and there is plenty to see. Lots of excellent information in English as well as Icelandic, and the staff was very eager to answer questions about the exhibits. Photography allowed.
Written August 7, 2021
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3waytieforlast
Portland, OR250 contributions
helpful, historical/informative prelude to the rest of your Iceland visit....
Jul 2021
chieftains, paganism, farming, fishing, textiles, Christianity, Black Death, servitude/tribute, modernization, pylsa/Coca Cola, independence....
Written August 2, 2021
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