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“Excellent museum”

Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition
Ranked #11 of 180 things to do in Reykjavik
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Owner description: At The Settlement Exhibition in Adalstraeti visitors can experience the settlement of Iceland in late 9th century through two remarkable exhibitions. The Settlement Exhibition revolves around an excavated site, the actual remains of a Viking Age longhouse that have been preserved in situ. The exhibition gives an invaluable insight into the life and times of the first people to inhabit the Reykjavik area and the ways in which they adapted to their new environment. The exhibition is founded on archaeological and other scientific research and introduces visitors to the latest facts and interpretations forwarded by a range of experts who have concentrated on this period of our history. Settlement Sagas comprises some of the nation's most renowned documents, many of them written in the twelfth century but relating events that go back as far as 874 AD, when the first settlers are said to have come to Iceland. Recognised by UNESCO as having outstanding cultural value These two exhibitions hosted by the Reykjavik City Museum afford an unprecedented view into the origins of Icelandic culture. One is based on archaeological findings from the days of the Settlement and the other on manuscripts documenting the same period. This is also the first time Iceland's literary heritage and archaeological history have been placed side by side for the general public. In addition, the preservation of these precious manuscripts is one of the reasons why UNESCO officially designated Reykjavik as a City of Literature in 2011.
Newtown, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent museum”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

The Settlement Exhibition is next to the Hotel Reykjavik Centrum Hotel and offers a discount to its guests. The exhibition is well done with descriptions offered in ones language on personal ipods with headsets. It is amazing such a wonder was found in the center of the city. Well worth a visit..

Visited June 2012
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Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 784 helpful votes
“A little bit disappointing but still worth seeing.”
Reviewed June 20, 2012

I thought this would be an incredible experience as it isn't often you can see a structure almost 1150 years old. However, when I saw the structure, I was kind of underwhelmed. As other reviewers have pointed out, you have to use your imagination or the models to really envision what it looked like. What is left is really nothing more than a wall surrounded by a bunch of rocks.

The musuem is underground and not the easiest to find in Reykjavik's crazy quilt of streets. We almost walked right by it. Admission is 1100 Kronur/adult (about $9), which is about right for what you are seeing and the amount of time you need to spend. The most interesting thing I learned at the museum was how Reykjavik's size and coast line have been shaped by man made forces.

Visited June 2012
Thank Jason P
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287 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Average exhibition”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

The exhibition itself is nicely laid out and very welcoming, but with regards to the history it is in my opinion very poor when it comes to the amount of actual content. I miss a lot of information. The interactive part is good and relatively informative on some issues like migration etc.
The excavated house in the middle is the central point, but nothing but dirt and a bunch of stones outlining the old viking house. Luckily this is shown very well in an interactive presentation. Should have contained much more items from the period

Visited June 2012
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Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice museum”
Reviewed June 17, 2012

The Reykjavik 871 was the museum we liked the most in Reykjavik. It's interactive exhibition was different from all other museums we have seen in Iceland. A great visit and offered in many languages!

Visited June 2012
Thank Kimberly H
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Boulder, Colorado
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37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Viking ruins and touch screens!”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

This museum houses ruins of a Viking longhouse that was unearthed in downtown Reykjavik. It offers a small exhibit, perfect for an hour of viewing, complete with interactive touch screen displays! Definitely worthwhile!

Visited June 2012
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