Icelandic culture is rich in many ways and one of the best exposures to a multi-faceted presentation of Iceland's past is through the National Museum of Iceland. The sleek and modern facility presents the story through artifacts that range from archeological evidence of Viking settlement to textiles, religous icons, furnishings, period rooms, industrial and folk art exhibits, and multi-media displays. Artifacts remind me very much of the kinds of things we find in our own Smithsonian Museum in Washington.
The main floor gallery features the Heritage and History of Iceland and presents settlement of Iceland, its heritage, its past, and its future. The dramatic lighting, state of the art showcases, and multi-media enhancement makes for a very easy and informative visit. All exhibition labels are in both Icelandic and English and are easy to read.
The museum offers head sets for audio tours, a special discovery area for children, and a resting room for those who need a place to lie down. The lounges, cafeteria, gift shops, and rest rooms add to the comfort of Icelandic hospitality. Admission is a modest 600 Kroner and is free on Wednesdays. You could easily spend three to four hours in this museum.
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