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“Lots to see and good value for money”

National Museum of Iceland
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$62.29*
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Private Sightseeing Tour in Reykjavik
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$40.49*
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City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #11 of 182 things to do in Reykjavik
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

We are museum nerds so easily spent four hours here. Follow Icelandic history from the first settlers to the present day along with a lovely exhibition of Icelandic silver. The exhibits are well displayed in a timeline format in a spacious building which felt more like part of the community than just a museum. There is a pleasant café selling a good variety of cakes, snacks and drinks plus a gift shop which wasn't expensive for Iceland. Two people were playing chess and in another part of the building an antiques valuation afternoon was underway. There is also a photography display. The staff were helpful. There is a lift and good cloakrooms and lockers. An audio tour is available also. A good place to visit with some excellent 'treasures' especially if the weather is poor.

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

This is a small and thoughtful gem of a museum that offers a valuable and concise look into the country's past. I never miss a museum when visiting a city as it provides a fast overview and summation of what they feel visitors should know about them and their history. Religious struggles, pagan ritual, agricultural dependence, natural disasters, oral history, all are an intrinsic part of their make up.
What stood out for me was visiting the silver display. Whoever their Display artist was, they deserve an award for creativity with minimal budget. I've spent days at the V&A and other major museums and never enjoyed more, examining how someone assembled small, three dimensional objects of silver into such a visually entertaining display through sheer artistic talent. At the time of my visit, a small group of well behaved girls were there with their teacher, each studying and drawing one piece of silver onto their hand held art notebooks. This was done with great intensity and one girl clearly had a good eye. Watching their absorption and pleasure was my own reward.
There is one room upstairs lacking any English signage that I could see that I believe represented what once was their earlier storage facilities of historical objects with national importance. It seemed odd that so much space was devoted to display what primitive conditions once held national treasures and yet this display lacked international signage. Perhaps the room is a temporary exhibit waiting for a different purpose, long term, or display expansion?
I'd definitely recommend you put this on your must see list early in your visit in order to enrich your appreciation of this extraordinary, visually powerful, country.

Thank Torontolyn
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

If you are visiting this museum with children it isn't as interactive as museums are now in England.
However there is lots to see and it is very imformative.

Thank chris c
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

A lovely small museum, two floors, which provided me with an enriching wealth of information, beautifully displayed, about the history and culture of Iceland from its first settlers to the present ... worth a visit!

Thank TonyNYC-NY
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Some of the items on display here are very moving, like the bones of a child found in a grave. Even though everything here is nationally important, it feels personal, not monumental. There was more on display about the role of religion than I cared for, but that was my only quibble.

There was an excellent display of Icelandic silver when I visited. Wow! Who knew?

Thank Yvonne C
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