The opening hours here are ridiculous. I'm a morning person and was annoyed that nothing in Iceland opens before 10, but the Maritime Museum doesn't unlock the doors until 11am.
The museum is quite a hike from most of Reykjavik, at the far end of the old harbor. It's easier to take a bus there. The place is located in a former fish processing plant that is being gentrified. In addition to the museum, there are pleasant condos in the building.
Iceland's history revolves around the water, and this place does a great job of explaining that. It was amazing to see how tiny the first boats that crossed the Atlantic were and also to see how enormous the 20th Century fishing trawlers were. I'm not really a nautical person, but I still found this museum fascinating.
There is an admission fee, but it is free with the Reykjavik Welcome Card.
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