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The Settlement Exhibition

Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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Informative exhibit, well designed

Although some of the technology wasn't working 100% when we visited, this is a fantastic exhibit... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2017
Claire A
London, United Kingdom
Fascinating piece of history -- well worth the visit

This was our day to visit some of the many museums in Reykjavik and we thought this was the best... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2017
Wanaka, New Zealand
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At The Settlement Exhibition in Adalstraeti visitors can experience the settlement of Iceland in late 9th century through two remarkable exhibitions. The Settlement Exhibition revolves around an excavated site, the actual remains of a Viking Age longhouse that have been preserved in situ. The exhibition gives an invaluable insight into the life and times of the first people to inhabit the Reykjavik area and the ways in which they adapted to their new environment. The exhibition is founded on archaeological and other scientific research and introduces visitors to the latest facts and interpretations forwarded by a range of experts who have concentrated on this period of our history. Settlement Sagas comprises some of the nation's most renowned documents, many of them written in the twelfth century but relating events that go back as far as 874 AD, when the first settlers are said to have come to Iceland. Recognised by UNESCO as having outstanding cultural value These two exhibitions hosted by the Reykjavik City Museum afford an unprecedented view into the origins of Icelandic culture. One is based on archaeological findings from the days of the Settlement and the other on manuscripts documenting the same period. This is also the first time Iceland's literary heritage and archaeological history have been placed side by side for the general public. In addition, the preservation of these precious manuscripts is one of the reasons why UNESCO officially designated Reykjavik as a City of Literature in 2011.
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Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed 24 June 2017

Although some of the technology wasn't working 100% when we visited, this is a fantastic exhibit that has been really well thought out and gives a picture of life in Iceland for the early settlers.

Thank Claire A
Reviewed 23 June 2017

This was our day to visit some of the many museums in Reykjavik and we thought this was the best. Although it is small and perhaps will take less than an hour (more like 40 minutes) to go around, we thought that it really brought...More

Thank stonellas
Reviewed 22 June 2017

We stumbled upon the museum while wandering the downtown Reykjavík area. It is truly amazing, a testament to the famed creativity of the Icelanders. There was about a $15 entrance fee, but it was really worth it. Highly recommend the museum!

1  Thank drj2012
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

This is a very small museum but it is very well done and well worth visiting. Pretty expensive for such a small exhibition but I'd still recommend it.

Thank jehdfd
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We enjoyed this museum and our senior ticket (free) was a bonus. Figure on an hour or so. It is an excavation of an original home from MANY years ago and gives insight into how Icelanders lived.

Thank Judy M
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Iceland was settled by Vikings. Beside being world class pillagers they were farmers. These were not master builders or stone masons. What is left of their early settlements across Iceland is few and far between. We are lucky to even have this area to visit....More

Thank DrMitch
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Waste of money. Poorly lit. Artifacts not well displayed. Poor presentation. I do not recommend this museum, Expensive.

Thank p169649
Reviewed 20 June 2017

The exhibition center is just in the downtown. If you have a city card, the admission fee is included. I like learning about the history and this center just does the job. It's not large but the displays are quite informative.

Thank Ruby D
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

We payed a lot for a tour of 15 minutes with just a lot of rocks and a hole in the center. I seriously don't racomand it

1  Thank Luigi N
Reviewed 18 June 2017

As we had limited time to visit museums, this museum seemed to be the most mentioned. Very nicely, this museum focused on how Iceland was initially settled. The exhibits focused on archeological excavations, which a full recreation of an ancient house foundation, and other artifacts...More

Thank James W
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Mary F
28 December 2017|
Response from StacyJ1990 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, for the children they do.
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11 August 2017|
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Response from Karin G | Reviewed this property |
not more than 1 hour
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21 June 2017|
Response from Forevermui | Reviewed this property |
We didn't visit the Settlement Center at Borgarnes, can't comment on that. However, it might be difficult to drive around Reykjavik City as parking is limited and is chargeable (we walked around in the city). Thus, Reykjavik... More