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National Museum of Iceland

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Address: Sudurgata 41, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Interesting, well organised museum

I have been on every trip to Iceland and learn a little more on each visit. This is a small but very well organised exhibit that takes you through the history and development of... read more

Reviewed July 26, 2016
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Reviewed July 26, 2016

I have been on every trip to Iceland and learn a little more on each visit. This is a small but very well organised exhibit that takes you through the history and development of Iceland with interesting temporary exhibits which keep it fresh. The gift shop and cafe are also excellent and worth looking at.

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Reviewed July 26, 2016

Lovely walk past the City Hall and some sculptures.... Through a nice park.... This is a great museum, especially if you are into Vikings – some amazing stuff (no boat though, but amazing carvings and jewelry)... plan for at least an hour there – but don’t go if you’re not generally a fan of museums. Excellent shop. When we were... More 

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Reviewed July 25, 2016

The best museum we visited during our 12 days touring the island. All descriptions in both Icelandic and in English. If you are a history lover, the uniqueness of their experience will keep you reading every story associated with the many exhibited artifacts.

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Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

We went closet closing time so we didn't have as much time but, we still were able to soak it all in. Good price, lots to see and learn. Must see when in Iceland!

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Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

I come here each time I come to Iceland and really love it. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the exhibits are fascinating. This is a great place to come and get oriented when you first arrive in Iceland.

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Reviewed July 24, 2016

We always like going to a national museum before we start our tour of the country to give us an overview of the history. This did not disappoint. Although small by some museum standards, every age of Iceland was covered.they had amazing exhibits. They also had a free locker for you to put backpacks and a coatracks to leave your... More 

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Reviewed July 23, 2016

Comprehensive museum on the history of Iceland and well worth an hour or two. There are some beautiful medieval artifacts on the ground floor and the top floor has a fun collection of typical Icelandic household items through the decades.

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Reviewed July 23, 2016

There are many exhibits here detailing life in Iceland over the past many centuries. To absorb all the information provided in the exhibition takes quite a while so allow at least a couple of hours inside. There are many custodians of the exhibits who are more than happy to explain details to visitors. There is a gift shop and cafe,... More 

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Reviewed July 23, 2016

This museum is near the University and definitely worth a stop. You can pretty much grasp the whole history of Iceland on about 2 floors. It is very well organized and the descriptions are excellent.

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Reviewed July 22, 2016

This museum is located near downtown Reykjavik and has free parking. There are two stories and it takes quite a bit of time to go through it all. Artifacts are professionally displayed and explanation signs are in both English and Icelandic. They even have a small display about Greenland. There is a fee to enter.

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