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“Expensive for the time you are allowed there” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Saga Museum

Saga Museum
Ranked #29 of 176 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.
Durham, United Kingdom
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350 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
“Expensive for the time you are allowed there”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

We weren't asked whether or not we wanted the audio guide and were handed it automatically. It is free but if you can get away with not having it you may well have a better experience. In other places you decide at what pace you listen to the guide but, in here you don't do that so you walk along at the guide's pace and it's all over in half an hour at most. The interpretation boards are good so you don't need the guide, however the place is small, so it's one way of keeping you moving if a lot of people are there at once! We enjoyed the film on the making of the figures and the museum but felt it was too expensive for such a short visit.

Visited April 2013
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Poor value, odd set up”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

The information given was interesting and the displays were okay. However the museum is very small and lasts approx 20 minutes which was quite poor value. Other than the great views from here there is nothing else on offer, other than very expensive food. It's a large building that doesn't maximize its potential, and seems to not know what it wants to be. I would recommend going up to the top of the church in the city instead which has equal if not better views, and costs far less.

Visited April 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

A very interesting, informative museum/attraction, especailly if you want to be informed more about this fascinating counrty/culture, and people...Beware though, the life-like models look earily real, enhancing the whole experience..And while there in Perlan, climb up, and enjoy the views from the terrace as wel las the caffeteria...

Visited April 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Very good but small”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

We walked from the centre of town, about 15-20 mins, using the Pearl restaurant as a guide as it is on top of a hill. It is not well signposted. The building the museum is in is wonderful. You can go up to a viewing platform on the dome which has great views all over Reykjavik and beyond. It is free. The museum is not free and is quite small. An audio guide takes you round the waxworks telling you the stories that go along with them which is very interesting and entertaining. The models themselves are wonderful, so life-like. If you add the fact you can go to the top of the building for panoramic views the it is defiantly worth the trip out of the centre nylon can take the number 18 bus but it only comes every 30 minutes and it takes less than that time to walk.

Visited April 2013
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Setubal, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice museum.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

Nice museum.
The museum tells the story of Iceland. The dolls are wax and depicts different periods of Iceland. When I visited, I had a guide, but I don't know if it's always with a guide. Is located at Perlan, where you can observe the panoramic view of Reykjavík.

Visited May 2012
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