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“Very cool exhibit.”

Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition
Ranked #11 of 179 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.
Goderich, Canada
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“Very cool exhibit.”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

Found this by accident while walking along and seeing the window to the underground museum and wondering what it was all about. Very nicely set up. Interactive and very interesting. Extremely helpful staff. Well worth the visit.

Visited July 2012
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Reston, Virginia
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“Little Museum Big Impact”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

What a little gem in the heart of downtown. The technology was amazing. You can go at your own pace. It's very interactive - the panels come alive when you step in front of them and there's a table displaying the whole site that you touch when your native language comes up that describes each area in detail, it's so much fun. We went thru in about 20 minutes and there was a couple who were still at the beginning, full engaged in the first exhibit!

Visited October 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Very small, somewhat interesting, short visit”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

It was a very small museum. We spent less than 30 minutes there. Our travelling companions seemed to like it a bit more.

The intereactive long hall portion (tucked into a dark corner) was the most interesting I've seen to date. You use your finger on a screen to interact with the 3D imaging on the screen in front of you. Very unique.

Other than that, not very exciting, but if you're in the neighborhood and it's raining, you might as well stop in.

Visited October 2012
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Maldon, United Kingdom
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“Nicely done”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

This museum was OK to locate by foot. Free lockers. We spent quite a bit of time here, enjoying the multimedia. It helped us understand how Reykjavik developed. Floor surface a little uneven but accessible to all. Entry fee fair for time we spent there.

Visited October 2012
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“Fascinating”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

This is essentially an archeological dig from Viking times under the Centrum Hotel in the middle of town. Definitely worth a visit, and it won't take too long either. Free with Reykjavik welcome card.

Visited October 2012
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