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National Museum of Iceland

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Address: Sudurgata 41, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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+354 530 2200
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US$ 42.99*
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Don't miss if you want to understand a bit more about Icelandic culture

Not the biggest museum in the world, not the widest selection of artifacts, not a particularly imposing building, but this is a really excellent museum. Very well laid out, very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 August 2016
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Not the biggest museum in the world, not the widest selection of artifacts, not a particularly imposing building, but this is a really excellent museum. Very well laid out, very good explanatory signage (in English and Icelandic). Small enough that you can spend time looking at everything without your eyes glazing over. A really good way to learn about Icelandic... More 

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Broadalbin, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

This museum has so much history in it! It is so beautifully kept and the history is great- very tourist friendly and beautiful site.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

The museum was recommended by my tour guide. It was a good experience there is a lot of the history and interactive portions. There are several hands on areas one of which had costumes that you could put on and have family photograph. There were computers that could be used and lots to see good experience

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Well worth heading into the museum for a comprehensive permanent exhibition on the people history of Iceland from 9th century to now. Beautifully laid out and clear descriptions in Icelandic and English.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Fabulous museum for learning the history of Iceland. As an isolated island, it doesn't have as complicated a history as other countries so one can actually learn the basics by visiting the museum. Good selection of artifacts to illustrate the history. Was absolutely fascinated for several hours. Great gift shop and the café has good snacks.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Iceland is so close, yet so far. We learn little about this island nation in our general education and this museum fills the gap. There are docents at every turn, questions are encouraged, answers are provided; and the displays are never boring. One of the more interesting museums in my experience - perhaps it was the interactive displays, the ease... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

We bought the I Love Reykjavik package so this was included. Nice collections but the layout is a little odd. Not a must do for a trip to Reykjavik.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

This was the best of all the museums we saw and covers a wide range from Settlement to the present day. It deals exclusively with Icelandic history. There was no pre-knowledge necessary to gain maximum enjoyment and the wide range of artifacts was amazing. There is also a postcard exhibition which gives a very good overview of the 20th century.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

This is beautiful museum which we chose to go to on our first day in Iceland to get a picture of the nation's history. We were lured by their "Settlement" exhibit. The exhibit did have relics starting in 870 AD with the Viking settleres but rapidly became an exhibit about the religious history of Iceland, with the mass conversion to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

A well organized chronological trip through the history of Iceland and its people, culture, religion, government, ecology & modernization. Definitely worth a visit, especially on a rainy day.

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