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National Museum of Iceland
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Ranked #9 of 183 things to do in Reykjavik
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

The museum was well laid out with an impressive number of artefacts dating back to 1000 A.D. and earlier. The main permanent exhibit is a timeline of Iceland's history since settlement. It took us about 2.5 hours to go through. We really enjoyed the multimedia features which were scattered through the display, giving more background into the history of each time period. A lot of the exhibit was focussed on the different religious conversions that occurred in the country in the past 1000 years.

Aside from the main exhibit, there was also another cool exhibit on the famous chess match that occurred in Reykjavik between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, and a temporary gallery of local photography which were both interesting.

We found a few notes online that this museum has free admission on Wednesdays - we were disappointed to find out upon arrival that this is no longer the case. Even so, the museum was worth the entrance price (1200 kr for adults or 600 kr for post-secondary students). Finally, the food in the cafe was reasonably priced (eg 750 kr for a sandwich).

Thank Brenna_Smith
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

It doesn't take long to go through the permanent exhibition which is set out as a timeline from the settlement of Iceland in 874AD. It has some interesting artefacts and gives an insight into the Icelandic independent spirit.

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

A modern museum which was well organised and captioned with a comprehensive collection covering all Icelandic history

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Reviewed December 13, 2012

This free modern museum offers an excellent introduction to Iceland and should feature on all tours of those interested to learn about Iceland's development as a nation. The many interactive video presentations in English are very well produced and provide a host of detailed information. Allow at least two hours to see round the exhibits and the walk back to the Icelandair Hotel Natura takes about 20 minutes

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Reviewed December 10, 2012

Despite nearly being shooed away by possibly the only grumpy person in Iceland (I'd arrived in the wind and the rain at 4pm, for a 5pm closing time), this museum rewarded my determination to have a look around.

It traces the history of the country, right from the Settlement in 874AD until the recent independence movement and up to the present day - covering all elements of Icelandic society - cultural, economic, religious and political.

I particularly enjoyed the circle of artefacts from each decade in the 20th century, showing how day-to-day household objects and toys and utensils had developed from one decade to the next. The 70's segment chimed with me, showing Cod fillets in freezer boxes and an early cassette tape recorder.

I was also impressed by the ash cross-section, which clearly showed how much fell on the land after each major volcanic eruption.

An hour was just enough to wheel around the two main floors, taking in the most significant pieces - despite the views of the lady on the reception desk.

She got my change wrong as well...

Thank JLloydLondon
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