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“Wonderfully presented and informative museum”

Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition
Ranked #12 of 178 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.
Shelton, Washington
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“Wonderfully presented and informative museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

This museum is centered around an actual Viking longhouse. As visitors walk along the wall displaying information detailing how the first settlers to Iceland survived, they can see ghostly figures hunting animals and doing other activities that bring it all alive. There are also buttons placed around a depiction of the longhouse which bring up information in various languages about life at that time and a wonderful video that shows exactly how the longhouse was originally constructed. One can even take a photo sitting next to a very realistic-looking Viking! All-in-all, one of the best museums in Reykjavik and worth spending some time in.

Visited September 2013
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“Interesting Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is a small museum based around the archaeological remains of a viking house. It dates back to 871 and holds quite a lot of interesting information and artefacts. You can read everything and see everything in about 20 minutes. For a few pounds it is worth a look round.

Visited October 2013
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“Small, but interesting exhibit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

An interesting find under Reykjavik, The Settlement Exhibition is worth a quick visit if you want to understand more about the city's first inhabitants.

Visited October 2013
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“Good interactive museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

This was an interesting exhibition housed around an actual dig - Viking longhouse from 871AD. You can easily spend an hour or more here. 1200KR adult entrance.

Visited August 2013
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“Excellently designed exhibit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

From the perspective of a curator of an archaeological museum, this is the perfect type of exhibit to draw a visitor in, and keep them interested. Absolutely fantastic presentation of a longhouse, with the actual remains of the longhouse in their original location incorporated into the space. A well funded and well done exhibit. Highly recommended!

Visited September 2013
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