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“Excellent Overview”

National Museum of Iceland
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent Overview”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Loved this museum which provided a good history of Iceland from the first settlements to modern day. Everything was in English as well and Icelandic and there was an interesting variety of objects to see. Cafe shop had very good good and excellent free wifi (like most places in Iceland to be honest). Well worth a couple of hours.

Visited August 2013
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Stockholm County, Sweden
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Pertinent stories; intriguing history”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

The museum manages to pick all the most relevant stories to quickly paint the entire history of Iceland -- the permanent exhibit perfectly explains the ongoing tension between the challenges associated with the country's geographic isolation and its desired cultural and political independence. Overall, a beautiful story. I recommend taking the daily tour in English (lasts about an hour), and then spending some time going back to elements of the exhibit that interest you the most to get more information. If you arrive a bit early for the tour, you can grab a coffee or snack at the café on the ground level.

Visited August 2013
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Chicago
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169 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“This is the place to learn Iceland's history.”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

If you want to learn the history of Iceland, this is the place. There is a two floor exhibit (the negative review that says the place was the size of a studio apartment clearly went to a different place) which starts with the Vikings and moves all the way to the independence movement in the 20th century. The story is told through explanations linked to artifacts in exhibits cases. You learn the history, therefore, in an interesting and colorful way. We spent about 1.5 hours. You could spend more, but we got what we wanted in that short time frame.

Visited August 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Good way to kill some time during bad weather & learn about Iceland.”
Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

Three floors of facts & artifacts. We went through the entire museum in 3 hrs even after taking a 30 min coffee break at the cafe. Easy parking in free lot. I did not have high expectations. It's a nice museum but I was bored after 2 hrs.

Visited August 2013
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Grand Cayman
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice cultural museum”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

A little bit of a walk from the high street Laugavegur, but worthwhile. It was a good size (not too big, not too small) with a great collection of artefacts. I especially liked the technological features, like the touchscreen info screens that gave short, interesting talks on various topics such as the major natural disasters that have occurred over the years. It gave a really good overview of the settlement and development of Iceland over the centuries. A nice museum for those that want a bit of culture and history on their trip.

Visited August 2013
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