The Herring Era Museum

The Herring Era Museum, Siglufjordur: Address, Phone Number, The Herring Era Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Herring Era Museum
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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 featuring a live outdoor salting show and accordion dance. Grána, a 1930s-era fishmeal and oil factory. The Boathouse, the town's thriving harbour of the 1950s with many old fishing boats at the dock. The museum is officially recognized as a museum specializing in the history of the herring fisheries in Iceland. It may even be the only museum of its kind in the world. Winner of the Icelandic Museum Award in 2000 and won the European Museum Award in 2004, as Europe's best new museum of industry and technology.
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,477 contributions
Wonderful
Sep 2021 • Couples
We didn't need to go this long way around to get from Myvatn to Akureyri but we are well glad that we did

We were fortunate enough to be able to visit on its last open weekend before winter closure

Full of artefacts and just enough explanation to be interesting, informative but not overwordy.

One of our favourite museums we have ever visited

Can we give it a rating of 6??
Written September 29, 2021
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gislimar1950
Patreksfjordur, Iceland77 contributions
Informative museum on the herring fishing period for Siglufjordur town
Aug 2021
Well located museum with exhibits from the time of herring fishing (20th century to 1967), arranged in three buildings, each specializing in processing the herring and the living quarters of the staff working in the herring industry.
Written September 18, 2021
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bonnie481
Philadelphia, PA32 contributions
Best little museum in Iceland
Aug 2021
We learned all about the herring trade in Iceland in the last century, why it existed and why it declined and ultimately ended. This is an historic, cultural experience spread out in several small buildings along the waterfront. The displays are authentic with artifacts from the time. You'll see film clips along the way, photos from the era, boats, and even the tiny apartments where herring workers lived, complete with their kitchen utensils, clothing, and furniture. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and can discuss and answer your questions. We're glad we stopped in for a visit.
Written September 4, 2021
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TFAtravel
Chicago, IL367 contributions
Wonderful Museum
Jul 2021
Fascinating exploration of a time not so long ago when this was the herring capital of the world. Rich is real artifacts and housed in authentic structures this is a must if you are in town.
Written August 24, 2021
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bonnie481
Philadelphia, PA32 contributions
History, fish, and sociology
Aug 2021
We toured this excellent little museum and learned about the herring trade as well as the history of this area. The exhibits are well done and you feel like you are walking back in time. There are brief videos every few steps and real memorabilia of the time when the herring trade ruled. You'll see the bunks and rooms where the employees lived, the equipment the herring tins were produced on, and other real artifacts of the time arranged to tell an interesting story.
Written August 23, 2021
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Sassysorsker
Clovis, CA106 contributions
Great museum!
Aug 2021 • Couples
This museum is quite a surprise. I was not expecting to enjoy it or find it interesting. This tells a lot of the history of Iceland and explains the impact and importance of the fishing industry. The herring girls were very interesting to me and I loved being able to learn about them, explore their rooms, and see artifacts. This museum also lets you climb aboard an old fishing boats and see many of the relics and things associated with this era. I’d definitely recommend.
Written August 5, 2021
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,173 contributions
Comprehensive museum
Jun 2021
There are three buildings to this museum - the main house, the boat building, and the herring processing building. They were all very interesting to show how Siglufjordur became so involved in herring, but we found the main house to be fun because the rooms were set up in the time period. It was fun to see how the people lived, and the artifacts are comprehensive. There is also a video playing on the first floor, and there is also a video in the processing building, which also contains the machinery. Admission also gets you in to the Folk Music Museum. There is parking in the lot right across the street by the marina. Definitely worth a stop if you are in Siglufjordur.
Written July 12, 2021
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Robert L
Amherst, MA1,421 contributions
Interesting and worthwhile
Jun 2021 • Couples
This herring museum gave me a feeling for the scale of this industry. Walking through the 3 buildings also gave me an appreciation of the quality of life during this era- explore all the different stories in these buildings. Also I didn't know that herrings were primarily used for their oil. Excellent.
Written June 29, 2021
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PavoCristatus
Gold Coast, Australia311 contributions
A forgotten bit of History
Jul 2020 • Couples
Herring is no small deal in European history. Also called the silver of the seas, herring with cod are most likely one of the sea commodities that hve shaped Europe. Afterall Amsterdam and Copenhagen were both more or less founded around herring; after all, the Hanseatic league was more or less founded around herring and salt. Iceland is no different from other European powers regarding herring: herring was Iceland premium export to the world. There was a herring boom - a sort of silver ruch; known as the Atlantic Klondike.
All what I have written above is just a tiny bit of what you’ll learn about Iceland’s first major door to the world in the 20th century: herring. The museum allows you to visit a typical fishing vessel, discover the living conditions of these thousands of men and women who live with herring, their tools, their daily lives, their leisure, their work. It’s good, really. Kind of reminded me of the Fram museum in Oslo but of course, with much much smaller boats. ;)
Written November 15, 2020
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Icelanderhj
Kopavogur, Iceland30 contributions
Great experience
Sep 2020
The Herring Era Museum reflects the ambition for excellence at this relatively small town. One can experience vividly how the herring changed our lives in Iceland. Videos, pictures and even the smell enhanced the experience. The staff is not only friendly but really know everything there is to know about this important era in our history.
Written September 19, 2020
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