Specialty Museums in Reykjavik

Top Specialty Museums in Reykjavik, Iceland

Specialty Museums in Reykjavik

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  • Trudie S
    Toulouse, France191 contributions
    On our last day we decided to get a bus up to Perlan, We are so glad we did, as it was really impressive. All the floors had different experiences. The first floor had a bird cliff, an amazing ice cave, and a planetarium. The planetarium was especially interesting as we had two unsuccessful tries during the week to see the Northern Lights and this explained the phenomena well. The Glacier and water in Icelandic Nature exhibition on the second floor was interactive. Have a walk round the observation deck for a lovely view of Reykyavik and the islands and enjoy the restaurant for a coffee or a nice lunch.
    Written October 5, 2022
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  • WestchesterP2
    New York City, NY451 contributions
    Small but a great way to learn about the aurora. The explanation of the science is easy to understand. Info re: photography was very helpful.
    Written September 20, 2022
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  • Trudie S
    Toulouse, France191 contributions
    Extremely well put together interactive exibition centred around a genuine archaeological find of a Viking hall that was excavated in 2001. Thoroughly informative about the first settlers in Ice and something all ages would enjoy.
    Written October 5, 2022
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  • McB921
    Algonquin, IL435 contributions
    Quick and fun! Definitely worth the visit. Loved the gentleman guide! Lots of information on Bjork & the Sugarcubes.
    Written October 6, 2022
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  • Relaxlife Tonetta
    Miami, FL393 contributions
    I found this museum to be so cute… it was a wealth of information I learned about penises of all sizes from all mammals it was really interesting. If you have some free time it’s a cute enjoyable activity gets you out of the cold and enjoy some penis waffles for breakfast…
    Written October 1, 2022
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  • Matilda K
    Sutton, UK15 contributions
    The Reykjavik Maritime Museum is a really fantastic museum, and beautifully laid out. There was a genuinely sense of how deeply intwined both the economy and daily life in Reykjavik has been with fishing and seafaring. The curation of the exhibition is fantastic. There is also free coffee for patrons and lockers to store your warm outerwear. The only reason I haven't given 5 stars is that a couple of the interactive exhibits didn't seem to be working when we visited but it is absolutely worth a visit!
    Written August 16, 2022
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  • Steviefull
    Kidderminster, UK1,486 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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  • Wesley C
    Tucson, AZ9,038 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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  • Rvwr2012
    Billericay, UK943 contributions
    We visited this home of the Nobel prize winning author as a result of hearing about him on a tour. It was a very interesting and enjoyable visit even if you have little knowledge of his work. You pay the entry and are shown an introductory video about his life. Then up to the house where there is a self guided tour in a variety of language choices. Very informative and greatly enhanced the experience of seeing where he lived and worked. Small things appealed eg study with green ceiling and white walls but bedroom white ceiling and green walls.
    Written September 20, 2019
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  • Maggie_NHam
    Nottingham, UK263 contributions
    There's couple of exhibitions in this small museum, the bigger and more impressive one is the work of Sigurhans Vignir from 1940s, predominantly 1950s and up to mid-60s. There's a lot of construction work going on in the street but you can get to the museum.

    Vignir's exhibition is photographs of ordinary folk in Reykjavik going about their business, there's 4 young women sitting on hard wooden chairs at a table, making shoes. The Labourers standing proudly, 2 lads wielding big rocks, making a wall maybe. There's family portraits of 4 female and male generational lines. Usefully, there's snippets in English to accompany the photos with the year they were taken.
    There's a couple of screens, showing photos on a loop. The narration is a bit uneven, speculative rather than factual.

    Folk mention an interactive screen to see archived photos, but as someone else also mentioned, you really want to see photos of old Iceland on the walls, with an accompanying snippet in English of the context and the year, in readable font size please! I could gladly have seen much more like this. An interesting museum nonetheless.
    Written August 27, 2021
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA13,884 contributions
    We enjoyed a photo expo on the subject of 100 years ago, 1918, and the important events in town. Spanish flu and the end of WWI. Plus an explanation of the turf houses in town. Good space.
    Written July 21, 2018
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  • Sigurdur S
    Reykjavik, Iceland167 contributions
    For those that would like to take a look in the the Icelandic Medical Service in the past. Many old instruments are on display, the history of the building is told and information on the growing of medical herbs in Iceland.
    Written August 13, 2012
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  • J S
    20 contributions
    The sculptures were BEAUTIFUL. The drinks were tasty. You can’t stay long because it is pretty darn cold in there, but we are glad we went. The theme is changed once per year and new sculptures are created. Truly, the art of the ice carvings was really impressive. Two mixed drinks each, one souvenir hat, and admission were approximately $100 US. (Note: things are expensive in Iceland. For comparison, at one tavern a burger and fries is $25, and one large pizza at Dominos was $40.)
    Written June 30, 2022
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