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“Very Interactive but not much to see.”

The Settlement Exhibition
Ranked #27 of 187 things to do in Reykjavik
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Settlement Exhibition - Step into the Viking Age. An open excavation where Viking ruins meet digital technology. Just below ground in downtown Reykjavik, this open excavation uncovers the city's Viking Age history. Discovered during building work, then carefully excavated, these remnants of the past are the earliest evidence of human settlement in the city. Family friendly, including a children's activity area, this multimedia exhibition uses creative technology to immerse you in the Viking Age. Open daily 09:00-18:00 (9 am - 6 pm). Guided tours in summer on weekdays at 11:00. Address: Tryggvagata 15, 101 Reykjavik Admission for adults in 2018 is 1,650 ISK. Free admission for children, 67+ & disabled people. The Settlement Exhibition is part of Reykjavik City Museum: One museum in five unique places. Welcome!
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Mostly a good place to read about the first settlers in Iceland and how they lived in the Long House

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Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Really good museum, lots of info well presented and very interesting.

It's a bit dark and gloomy.

There's a good place with games and stuff for kids (actually we adults enjoyed the games).

The shop is OK but ludicrously expensive.

There's a bit about animals in a side room that seems an afterthought they could have made more of.

We sat next to someone on the plane home who as equally impressed.

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Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

i went to this museum my last day in Iceland, mainly to kill some time before my flight. however, i was very impressed and found out a lot of fascinating information about the viking age.

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Reviewed 4 June 2017

Good overall discussion of historic Iceland and how they lived in the harsh climate. Check out the two "media" screens on the wall once inside. Gives a good idea of the impact of the Vikings on Iceland and the woman who they forced to settle with them. Please note that admissions are high.

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Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Mellow and small museum. Learned some about the Vikings but not really something to write home about. It's 900 ISK to get in (as a student) but not sure it was worth that. Museum is dimly lit so it's hard to get a good look at all the ruins of the longhouse and take it in all at once.

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