National Museum Of Iceland, Reykjavik
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Address: Suaurgata 41, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
Ticket Price: 1500 ISK
Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About National Museum Of Iceland, Reykjavik
The national museum of Iceland is nothing but an engaging thoughtful and informative collection of Icelandic cultural treasures. Established in 1863 with just about 15 artefacts, now houses a huge compilation of 300,000 artefacts and about 4 million photographs.
Divided into 3 floors the 1st and 2nd floor displays finds right from the Vikings age to the 20th century in chronological order. One of the permanent exhibitions of the museum is-Making of a Nation. It has 2000 objects from settlement age and 100 photographs from 2nd century on display. The collection also comprises of edifices varying greatly in scale including all of Iceland‘s principal turf houses and all the turf churches preserved in their original form, buildings constructed of stone and timber, and wooden churches of several different types.
The ground floor houses a cafe and reasonably priced gift shop, if you plan to take souvenirs I suggest you take from here as most of the other places will not be as reasonable.
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National Museum Of Iceland Information
- Free parking available.
- Audio Guides available.
- Information available in Braille.
- All areas are wheelchair accessible.
- Audio guide is available in Icelandic, English, Danish, German, French, Swedish, Italian and Polish.
National Museum Of Iceland Ticket Prices
- Adult: 1500 ISK
- Seniors (67+), disabled visitors and students: 750 ISK
- Groups of 10 and more: 1000 ISK
- Children under 18: free
- ICOM, FISCOS: free admission
- Audio guide for children: 300 ISK per person
How To reach National Museum Of Iceland by Public Transport
- Nearby bus station: Haskoli Islands
Restaurants Near National Museum Of Iceland
- Kaffitar Cafe
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National Museum Of Iceland, Reykjavik Reviews
Many people visit Iceland with only the island itself in mind, yet the history of the people on the island have a rich and varied history so tied to the land that it is seemingly difficult to separate them. The National Museum is the best example of this, filled with treasures of the past and examples of how the people eked out an existence on the unforgiving islands before thriving as they do today. It largely features religious relics (the first bible written in Icelandic, as well as many other items tied to the rise of Lutherism), and information on their links to Norway and Denmark. There does seem to be gaps, with large periods of Iceland's internal history seemingly forgotten or ignored. Perhaps, this is because of how linked it was to the Old World. Either way, the Museum itself covers the entire history of Iceland, despite varied depths. It is a must see in Reykjavik, for a greater understanding of how the Icelanders adapted to the island they now thrive on.
Fabulous museum with awesome collection of artifacts. Really helps one to understand more about the country. The building itself is beautiful; nice coffee shop too.
Gives a good overview of Icelandic history from Viking times to today. Different levels of detail so good if you want to skim read and spend an hour there or you can easily spend 3 hours there.
Understand what it means to be an Icelander in a short visit. High quality displays worth an hour or two. Don't miss the soup! (Soup and great water like wine is an Iceland given).
The museum is further out of town than we expected and it took a while to get to. Not an essential visit but good if you have time to spare in Reykjavik. It's 2,000 ISK per adult - this made it nearly 30 GBP for 2 adults which is a lot of money (but we are used to free museums in England!). Overall it was good, the settlement exhibits were very interesting but it was laid out in an odd way which made it hard to see things in a chronological order at times. The rest of the museum is more mixed in theme and wasn't as cohesive. Only two floors to look at which was a shame, expected it to be bigger but we had a good two hours or so here.