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The Settlement Exhibition
Ranked #13 of 182 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.
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Can't see this authentic heritage site anywhere else. Very unique intrepretative approach, professional standard is high, accessibility very good for physically challenged.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Very informative and easy to follow and understand. Staff were very informative and provided additional information and background.

Thank polsson
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Great interactive museum, which is part of the Centrum Hotel. Settlement was in 970. Take the time to try all interactive exhibits.

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Well worth a visit to this exhibition to gain an understanding of the history of the city. Also a great gift shop!

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Reviewed September 18, 2012

We'd read reviews on the Settlement Centre and were both really looking forward to our visit. Stupidly, we visited the Settlement Exhibition instead and were terribly disappointed. Entry was c£5 each and basically this entitled us to walk round the edge of the area identified as the site of this early settlement, a very limited display around the walls of the building, which in fairness would be nice to show primary school aged children - which we don't have, a small audio-visual show, another visual display and a small shop.
These things are a matter of taste, and I'm sure that many people (with more in depth knowledge or better imagination) will enjoy this exhibition. I'm not intending to belittle it, just warn others not to repeat our mistake.

Thank UkAnnalondon
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