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Well-curated museum on an unusual topic

I had no idea how important herring was to the history of Iceland AND of Scandinavia AND the wars... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Betsy F
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New York City, New York
Provides an excellent overview of life in earlier times

This is an excellent museum. For those of you who have visited the tenement museum will recognise... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The Herring Era Museum is Iceland's largest maritime museum - where the 'glory days' of Iceland's herring fisheries and industry are brought back to life in three different buildings. Róaldsbrakki, a 1907 salting station and bunkhouse. On Saturdays...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Snorragata 10, Siglufjordur 580, Iceland
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+354 467 1604
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I had no idea how important herring was to the history of Iceland AND of Scandinavia AND the wars in Europe which involved the US too. I was fortunate to come at the exact time a re-enactment was happening, where people in historical costume demonstrated...More

Thank Betsy F
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent museum. For those of you who have visited the tenement museum will recognise the similarities in providing us with an insight into how people really lived. I came away from the Herring museum with a really clear overview of how people...More

Thank Pammelb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most interesting museums we visited in Iceland. It was like taking a trip back in time. Well laid out, in 3 different buildings & plenty of captions in English.

Thank Di-Syd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the 1930's-50's the herring industry was booming in Iceland and all of Europe couldn't get enough. Once it was fished out (back then no rules on conservation), the industry died and with it an era of life in northern Iceland. The museum is very...More

Thank pal623satx
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum sets out to inform us about the herring industry and the role it played in the history of Siglufjordur. It succeeds. The visitor gets a feeling for the vessels, equipment and people that propelled the industry. I highly recommend it.

Thank Chip_in_Maryland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an absolutely beautifully curated museum. It’s very interesting and very well done. The exhibits really bring to life how Iceland thrived off of the herring industry and how this little town bloomed and then struggled. It is definitely a must see and worth...More

Thank Francine B
Reviewed October 1, 2018

Very well done period Museum with some extra surprises. Great attention to detail while still guiding you back in time....leaves you wistful for bygone days. Although we arrived at the off season and technically should have booked a reservation, the kind young lady still allowed...More

Thank Cathy W
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

The Hearing era museum is actually three separate buildings. The first building is where they processed the fish and packed it into wooden barrels for transportation. It is outside this building where you see a demonstration of the herring being cut and prepared to be...More

Thank travelinm2014
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Looks like people just left for the day, there are items from everyday life that you would not expect to see. Really great layout with lots of history about the herring industry. There are videos to watch in some of the areas and boats that...More

Thank Bonnie5901
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

Yes good very good like super goodd like if you go it is like very good i am good after going to good place

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Peru201193
July 28, 2018|
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Response from Pétur Bjarni G | Reviewed this property |
I dont know, I thing they plan it almost week to week. And when a cruise ships are there. Think it is best to contact them direct by phone or email.
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Peru201193
July 28, 2018|
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Response from Örvar B | Reviewed this property |
I think it's only by request. If you check the English version of the Website. There are some details under Visit > Hours & Admission > Prices.
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drchuckccp
June 30, 2018|
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Response from Dogrose17 | Reviewed this property |
Perhaps our tour was pre-arranged, as we actually went through on a Friday. Frommer's EasyGuide shows only 3:00PM on Saturday, and their site shows the following: Every day: 10a.m.–6p.m. Call them the day before: Phone... More
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