Skogar Museum
Skogar Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
About
Skogar Museum, in Skogar, Southern Iceland, is a cultural heritage collection of 15,000 artifacts exhibited in 3 museums and 6 historical buildings. It's one minute from Skogar Waterfall, just off Ring Road 1. Skogar Museum is open 365 days of the year, and we look forward to your visit! Hours: June, July, August 9:00-18:00, September through May 10:00-17:00. The Folk Museum includes agricultural and fishery tools, boats and maritime gear, textiles and costumes, musical instruments, rare books and manuscripts, natural history, and fascinating Icelandic curiousities. The Open Air Museum includes a traditional turf farmstead, a 19th century gabled farm home, a home crafted from ship wrecked driftwood, a multi denominational church assembled from 16 regional churches, and of course a miniature turf home for elves. The Transport and Communications Museums document technologies transforming rural south coast farmsteads into a network of modern communities, with an exemplary collection of automobiles, trucks, highway machinery, telecommunication, radio, and rescue team equipment used over the last century.
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  • fussgussysmom
    Albuquerque, New Mexico442 contributions
    Very BIG and well-done museum with restaurant attached
    The Skogar Museum complex is very large and consists of a Folk Museum, Transportation Museum (vehicles), an Open Air Museum (with many old buildings), a nice restaurant, and sells souvenirs. We spent a few hours perusing all of the complex and could easily have spent a few more hours. This was the largest museum of all the ones we visited throughout our 30-day Iceland trip. If you have limited time, this one museum is the one to go to since it really does a great job at you giving you an overview of Iceland throughout the ages. I also liked the fact that the Skogar waterfall is easily accessible--although there is a stairway right next to the waterfall in case you want to see it from the top. Warning! We thought a closed building nearer to the waterfall was the museum and thought the museum was closed. Actually, the big museum is further right of the waterfall. Look for it!
    Visited July 2021
    Written July 27, 2021
  • Elina Michaelidou
    London, United Kingdom561 contributions
    Three museums in one
    I really underestimated this place. It is separated into 3 museums and each needs a fair amount of time to see. There is the folk museum who interesting historical items, an open-air museum with houses you can get in and see how they used to be and a technical museum with a lot of exhibits about technology, transportation and much more. Unfortunately, we visited the museum 1 hour before closing and we barely managed to quickly walk from every room in the two indoor museums and outside from the outdoor houses (they were closed by the time we finished the other too). So, if you want to really see this museum leave aside at least 2 hours if not more.
    Visited September 2021
    Written January 12, 2022
  • Malgorzata
    12,113 contributions
    Lovely museum about Icelandic history
    Nice museum with many informations about Icelands history. Open-air museum, where you can see different types of buildings historically built in Iceland. Buildings can be visited from the outside, as well as enter inside, where interiors characteristic of a given period are recreated. You can learn a lot about early life of Icelandic settlers. Very impressive are the small houses hidden basically inside the small hills. This type of peat houses blend in perfectly with Icelandic landscapes. You feel here the real Icelandic culture from close.There was also an interesting exhibit with cars . It's worth stopping by.
    Dear Margo, Thank you for this very detailed review. We are glad you had a good time visiting us. Have a good day and take care :)
    Written April 20, 2020
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    Visited June 2019
    Written March 29, 2020
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NY9 contributions
May 2021
This place is great! They have a number of turf and other old homes which were moved to the site and reconstructed. Transport museum is very cool. I wasn’t going to go in to that part, but I’m glad I did. Lots of neat exhibits with old vehicles, planes and info on ICE-SAR along with old saddles and such. The folk museum was neat, but I wish the items exhibited were presented with more information. I was particularly interested in the craft items. They had one loom and a wide array of spinning wheels, but essentially no information was presented about the items. This museum is very close to a Skógafoss waterfall and worth a visit if you have some time.
Written May 30, 2021
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Annelies B
Antwerp Province, Belgium214 contributions
Jul 2020
I learned a lot at the Skogar museum. It is a very informative and detailed museum about the daily live in the early days, about transportation and communication. It is an extensive museum, both inside and outside. Certainly worth a visit.
Written September 27, 2020
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EC13091
Ellicott City, MD1,169 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This is a hidden gem and very worthwhile to visit. The entry fee is ISK 2500 and gives you admission to the indoor historical museum, the open air museum (a must!) and the more modern museum. There’s a nice cafe at the end which served us a nice tea and cake, good on a wet day.
Written May 20, 2023
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mastaple
Limerick, Ireland193 contributions
Jun 2022
Nice fishing and technology history of Iceland. the outdoor exhibits of housing over time shows how much change there has been in Iceland and the harsh conditions in normal life and then with Volcanic activity. A hidden gem in the museum is the stuffed and skeletal animals in the basement showing the types of wildlife in Iceland
Written June 20, 2022
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Duane S
Pardes Hanna Karkur, Israel71 contributions
Jun 2023
The area around the waterfalls is crowded, but a little ways from lies this large and good museum. It is virtually unvisited. Other museums in Iceland concentrate on the early history of Iceland, but the huge collection of artifacts here is from the eighteenth century Iceland till the present is probably unmatched anywhere. Well laid out buy subject it is found both inside, in several buildings and floors, and outside. There are actual buildings form several time periods. I strongly recommend visiting it
Written August 24, 2023
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Fin Mc
38 contributions
Jun 2023
This very modern folk museum, in the village next to Skógafoss, is well worth at least an hour of your time, offering a range of day-to-day and craft items from down the years, and the stories to go with them. Turf houses and cafe too. Very friendly and helpful staff, and some very affordable souveniers.
Written June 11, 2023
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MtnGal
22 contributions
Jul 2023
Skipped Skogafoss waterfall because of the crowds and visited folk museum and Kvernufoss waterfall instead. The folk museum was packed with lots of interesting items that demonstrate how resourceful the Icelandic people have been over the centuries. Highlight for me were the sod buildings that had been moved to the museum.
Written July 21, 2023
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Richenda48
London, UK7 contributions
May 2023
We visited the museum after walking to the top of the falls as the rain was torrential and too wet to go further. We did not expect much, but it was wonderful. It is definitely making a detour to go and see. So much about the history and customs of an Icelandic town, with exhibits ranging from amazing fabrics to a section on transport and early snowmobile. Everything you need to know about saddles (much more interesting than you may think,,,) and about fishing. There are also buildings outside which you can go into (school, Church, barns) and some wonderfully interesting houses, including turf houses, Do not miss!
Written July 19, 2023
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Bryony77
Reading, UK114 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
The museum is next to Skogafoss waterfall and was surprisingly quiet when we visited. For us, the highlights were the recreated houses in the open air museum which you could go in and the 15 minute walk to Kverufoss waterfall.

The waterfall path is signposted from the bottom corner of the car park (near the technical museum) and is an undulating gravel path. The waterfall itself is beautiful, despite being less spectacular than Skogafoss. A great bonus is its easy to walk behind the waterfall and we were fortunate to see rainbows across the falls when we visited.

The cafe in the museum wasn’t quite what we were expecting, serving ‘sit down’ meals rather than sandwiches etc but was very good.
Written August 31, 2022
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK5,747 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
As you walk up to this museum you don't realise what treasures you'll find. We had an introduction to the museum by Christopher which was excellent. As well as the many themed areas in the museum there are reconstructed old buildings outside and a separate technology museum. Something for everyone.
Check out the cafe too, the soup was good. Oh, and pink butter with the bread.
Written January 29, 2023
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