Museums in Reykjavik

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Museums in Reykjavik

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  • Swati J
    Berlin, Germany3 contributions
    I would 100% recommend a visit to this museum. They have very detailed exhibits around the history and geography of Iceland. The food they offer is also good, specially the cocktails. One must plan 3-6 hours for the visit.
    Written January 27, 2023
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  • Clare H
    Great Dunmow, UK3 contributions
    Great museum with a lot of history of the inhabitance of Iceland. Also has a cafe downstairs with good food and coffee.
    Written January 27, 2023
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  • Steve L
    3 contributions
    Great history and exhibits of the early settlement of Reykjavik and then the development of the city. The visual displays are extremely well done. A real gem.
    Written January 25, 2023
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  • Mary L
    Cape Elizabeth, ME187 contributions
    ICYMI, the aurora, that is, you need to go here. In fact, you need to go here, even if you caught the aurora on your trip. Lots of info and beautiful photographs.
    Written November 21, 2022
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  • zen_lwz
    Singapore, Singapore413 contributions
    Spent almost 2+hours at this site. Very informative and  showcased the history, culture and lifestyle of past Iceland. Buildings were well-managed and located at a very nice site. Had a great walk around despite the drizzle nearing end of the tour. English explanation at most of the sites though some were not translated. There are also tours available. Highly recommended!
    Written December 24, 2022
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  • Matthew C
    Washington136 contributions
    Plus it is free and you can walk into its garden to look at all the sculptures any time. We saw it on the first snow of our trip. it was real pretty and romantic
    Written December 23, 2022
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  • P H
    186 contributions
    A great tour through early Icelandic history and the sagas - great stories to understand the culture better. The real stars of the show are the museum-quality "wax" figures depicting famous folk of early Iceland. Be sure to watch the movie that explains how the figures were made before you start the tour (it's right next to the "photo op" where you can don some chainmail :). Nice gift shop, friendly staff.
    Written December 29, 2022
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  • Wiktoria
    Ireland15 contributions
    The absolute best part of my trip. I loved this museum, it was weirdly fascinating seeing everything that it had to offer. The tour was self guided, and you could spend as long as you wanted in there, but we stayed for about 30-ish minutes as it isn't very big. Honestly, it doesn't need to be.

    Once you complete your tour, you can go into their cafe, which offers some very great things, including some nicely shaped waffles.

    Written January 25, 2023
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  • Cha344
    Tromso, Norway39 contributions
    Me and my boyfriend had a really fun time walking through all the p*nis on display I. The museum. Not only do you get to see actual specimens in jars but also some interesting art pieces like drawings, sculptures and even common household objects such as a telephone or an umbrella. There is also information everywhere if you really want to get in-depth knowledge about the phallus in front of you.

    Wondering around this museum sparked childish and fun conversation between us and we had a good laugh together. Sometimes art and museums do not have to be great, it just has to be entertaining and fun.
    I would highly recommend it!
    Written January 16, 2023
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  • Sue T
    London, UK8 contributions
    It's not a typical "all in the face" museum, you have to read, listen, immerse (not literally) to find the interesting content. Once we started to slow down and decided to push every button and read most descriptions, we found ourselves deeply interested in fish, fishing and fish processing (the subject I never even though of before) so we almost missed the closing time.
    Excellent program for a cold, snowy day.
    Written December 30, 2022
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  • Jim S
    Toronto, Canada152 contributions
    Very much enjoyed the museum - Sveinsson was a talented abstract artist, both in his early works (which were recognizably human, and his later works which were more abstract.

    Best part of the visit for me was the young lady taking tickets and introducing the exhibit (was her name Anna?). She not only gave me insight into individual works, but shared stories about Ásmundur himself - how he was an early feminist, reminding viewers of the hard work performed by early female settlers with works like the Water Carrier, and how the local children liked him so much that they would gather sand for him when they visited the beach. Her storytelling made the exhibit come alive, and I highly recommend speaking with her if you visit.

    The sculptures in the garden are well worth seeing. I was lucky - it started to rain just after I finished seeing the garden and went inside!
    Written September 22, 2022
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  • Steviefull
    Kidderminster, UK1,539 contributions
    Having gone here straight after seeing Humpback whales in all their glory it may have taken a bit of the shine off the exhibits. The obvious thing when entering the hall is the sheer size of the whales, the blue whale being truly awe inspiring.

    You get an audio guide telling you about each whale which is useful and there is also an interesting video about noise pollution and its effect on whales.

    At around £16.00 per person its about as cheap as it gets in Iceland for something like this and you'll get just over an hours entertainment for that which isn't too bad.

    Overall this isn't an essential thing to do but is interesting nonetheless if you have any interest in wildlife.
    Written September 1, 2021
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  • Reza Sattarzadeh
    Muscat, Oman2,220 contributions
    If you're an Art enthusiast, you will definitely enjoy exploring the Reykjavik Art Museum. The place needs a couple of hours to get the best experience. It's devided into different rooms, each focusing on one aspect of Art.
    Written December 18, 2022
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  • Wesley C
    Tucson, AZ9,572 contributions
    I visited all 3 major art museums (National Gallery, Reykjavik Art Museum and Culture House) -- this was by far my favorite. This beautiful building dates to 1906-08 and was originally the city library. It is now an art museum, with something to suit everyone's taste in art. The other 2 museums focused mainly on modern/contemporary art.
    Written July 15, 2022
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  • erharuspex
    Berkeley, CA34 contributions
    Showed up with my teen who has yet to read Laxness, but I loved his book, Independent People, so much I decided to visit. You get an audio tour of his house, which is small, but every room is filled with details of his life and shows a lot about his personality. They also have a great selection of his books in translation. The setting is also very nice. Only about 25 minutes driving from the center of Reykjavik, so it’s super easy to get there if you’ve rented a car.
    Written November 25, 2022
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