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“Don't believe the hype!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Saga Museum

Saga Museum
Ranked #29 of 178 things to do in Reykjavik
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Owner description: A Viking Museum that intimately recreates key moments in Icelandic early history, moments that have determined the fate of our people and which give a compelling view into how Icelanders have lived for more than a millennium. From the time of the earliest settlers, history is brought to life in a unique and exciting way, with life-like wax wax figurines. Visitors are guided through the museum with an audio-guide.
port moody, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Don't believe the hype!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

I am all for blood and guts and gore and I like a good beheading as much as the next fellow but.... All the write-ups talk about how this is not for the faint of heart. Well frankly the faint of heart is that they charged money for this.
Essentially you have 13 wax diorama's depicting snippits from Icelandic Saga history.
You can't share this with the person you are with since you need to have on the provided headset player to get the description of what you are seeing.
Definately not for children - not due to the gore but do to the attention required to get something from the narration.
Perhaps if you haven't seen a really good museum this would be considered impressive but by todays interactive standards this left us very disappointed and wanting for more.

Visited April 2012
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San Jose, California
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“Could have been better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2012

The best part about the museum was how lifelike the wax figures were. They were made very well. Unfortunately, the museum itself seemed to fall short. It gave brief descriptions of several sagas but not enough to actually learn something and it was often confusing. I wish they had only told us 2 or three of the sagas but in more depths or some history behind the sagas, it was too shallow to actually get anything out of it.

Visited June 2012
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New Britain, Connecticut, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Delightfully bloodthirsty!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

This tableau museum gives a no-hold-barred history of Iceland primarily from a blood-and-guts approach. This is perfect for pre-pubescent boys who tend toward the battle-loving, bloodthirsty side of things. The tableaus are so lifelike that we truly thought several had live actors. The audio tour is well worth it, as is the printed guide to take home.

Visited August 2011
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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A little violent, but that's the way it was.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

it was a great way to learn some Icelandic history. They did a good job with the exhibits and the stories. Gave us a good start on the cultural history of the land.

Visited June 2012
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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Very interesting museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

It was a pleasure to drop by this museum, as you jump into icelandic history in a very pleasant way. It is a very straight to the point attraction, and on top of that, you still have a beautiful view of the city next door..

Visited June 2012
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