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“Interesting museum”

The Settlement Exhibition
Ranked #29 of 179 things to do in Reykjavik
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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 July 16, 2013

This is a small museum, based around a 10 th century Viking Longhouse . It had been excavated. The information is presented in an interesting way. The free audioguide is good. It's certainly worth a visit, to learn about the history of Iceland .

Thank Clare005
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Come here if you like to read... a lot...and see very little. Basically a pile of stone and dirt in the middle of a room with a bunch of writing on the wall.

I appreciate a good museum, but this is a good one to skip.

Thank kbrains
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Here, the visitor gains an excellent insight into how it is assumed Iceland was settled. Time required ...one hour or so.

Thank johnthegardener
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Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

Im not sure how the other reviewers managed to stay two hours as our stay lasted only 45 minutes or so and that in itself dragged by. The boards were informative but the only real interactive displays were buggy software amd crashed while using a few times. I wouldve hoped for far more items on display and to have seen more for the entry cost.

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

This settlement exhibition is great option to visit in Reykjavik in case people are interesting about Icelandic history, about settlement, or even are my tourist very interesting when their profession or in urbanization, architectures and similar. You can find there out line of land 871 year view from this location or even and made aproachs or agriculture in this area. I am tour operator and Settlement is always recommended.
I also recommending English speaking guide as guys there very well studied in Icelandic history and sagas.

Thank Mercury G
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