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Sagnheimar Folk Museum

Vestmannaeyjar 900, Iceland
+354 488 2045
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A local museum shows its pride

This is a small museum that is housed on the second floor of the library. It should not be compared... read more

Reviewed June 18, 2018
Prest0s
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Mont Tremblant, Canada
So much hard work has gone into showing so much hardship

This is located in the second floor of the library. We found it to be a bit discouraging. It is... read more

Reviewed September 19, 2017
IowaMum
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Sagnheimar is the Folk Museum of Vestmannaeyjar, a new museum built on old traditions. In addition to the many artifacts housed there, today's technology gives the history and culture a new dimension. While the adults are learning about the stories of fishing, cliff hunting, the Eldfell eruption of 1973, and the Algerian pirate raid of 1627, the children can dress themselves in pirate costumes and search for hidden treasure in the pirate cave. Displays and exhibits showing the deep connection with the Mormons, the colorful sports history of the island, an old radio where you can listen to stories of life at sea and unbelievable tales of heroism and rescues, a "Festival" tent where the islanders entertain during the annual "Festival" can also be investigated.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Vestmannaeyjar 900, Iceland
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+354 488 2045
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

This is a small museum that is housed on the second floor of the library. It should not be compared to national museums that you find in Reykjavik. This has been carefully curated by local residents and tells the story of the Westman Islands and...More

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Reviewed September 19, 2017

This is located in the second floor of the library. We found it to be a bit discouraging. It is very graphic in its depiction of Westmann Island life. There is a room of the fisherman’s life and it details all of the ship wrecks...More

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Reviewed August 17, 2017

We bought a combination ticket when we visited the volcano museum. I don't think we would have bothered to visit but we needed something to do on a rainy afternoon. There are many good exhibits giving information on Iceland through the ages. Like all the...More

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Reviewed August 1, 2017 via mobile

I was disappointed that the museum focused on Westman Islands from the 1800s on. Not a lot of information from before that time. It did have an interesting corner on the migration of Mormons from Iceland to Utah. Having lived in Salt Lake City, I...More

1  Thank John K
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Reviewed July 14, 2017 via mobile

We included this museum in our stops while touring Vestmannaeyjar and enjoyed learning about Icelandic life on Heimaey. The curator was friendly and helpful; she provided assistance on several exhibits. This museum is geared toward significant events and activities affecting life on the island. The...More

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Reviewed January 27, 2017 via mobile

This museum was very informative and fun too! Our children aged 2 and 6 loved to dress up like pirates and play, while we read about the pirates that raided the island. Very well organized and engaging exhibits, we enjoyed learning about the island's history....More

1  Thank Brittaney N
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Reviewed October 13, 2016

The museum keeper was very welcoming and helpful. We had a party at the festival tent which is a part of the museum and we had a blast. The location is really good, downtown and close to Hotel Vestmannaeyjar

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Reviewed July 3, 2016

This museum has been beautifully organized so as to learn how the first Icelanders lived and dressed. Even the cars, phones etc. are all well displayed . It is a tour that is worthwhile

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Reviewed September 16, 2015

It´s a very friendly and nice little museum that tells the story of life on Heimaey the only inhabited island in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. I lived there as a child and teenager and it was outstanding to learn even more about the history of life in...More

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Helga H, Manager at Sagnheimar Folk Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2015

Yes, our small island has an amazing story! It was a pleasure meeting you - welcome back!

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Reviewed September 9, 2015

If you're interested in learning about the history and culture of Heimaey Island, you really need to visit this Folk Museum. It has exhibits on the 1973 eruption of Eldfell Volcano, the 'Turks' pirate invasion of the island, the Mormon migration to the U.S., and...More

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Helga H, Manager at Sagnheimar Folk Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2015

Dear guest, thank you for your kind words. We are very proud of our history and often tell our guest more about the culture and the life on the island if they are interested. We are also constantly working on new exhibits to be able...More

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