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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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10:00 - 17:00
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US$42.99*
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Excellent Overview of Icelandic History

From the outside this is possibly the drabbest museum building ever, but the inside is really nice, visually engaging, and surprisingly rich with cultural artifacts. Expect to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
VikrMada1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

From the outside this is possibly the drabbest museum building ever, but the inside is really nice, visually engaging, and surprisingly rich with cultural artifacts. Expect to spend no more than two hours here, but you'll get a pretty good overview of the history of Iceland. Kids under 18 are free, which is a nice bonus for families.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A lot of information about Iceland history and just a good place to spent time during heavy rain outside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A nice museum to see on a rainy day! They have free lockers downstairs to put coats and a small backpack into so you don't have to tote around while enjoying the exhibits. This building has a special (rotating) exhibit and 2 floors of the regular museum plus a cafe. They also gave us free tickets to another museum but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This should be a must see on any visit to Reykjavik. Museum provides and good intoduction to the history of Iceland through numerous exhibts showing the country and the way of life of the people from its first settlers through today. Especially interesting are stories of immigrants to Iceland. There is a lot to see so allow at least 3... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a few hours to kill before an afternoon tour and decided to go here. Very impressed, well laid out displays and very informative of Iceland's heritage. Really enjoyable couple of hours

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a day to spend in the city and took a walk to the museum. Not too large but very well laid out exhibits with staff on hand to answer questions. I learnt a lot about Iceland here. My children found it interesting too, and the gift shop had some reasonably priced souvenirs too.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The $20 admission fee seemed a bit steep; however, we only explored the "Making a Nation" exhibit and enjoyed a hot chocolate in the small cafe. We found the exhibit interesting and not terribly crowded. Worth the walk.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They put thought into EVERY detail! Giftshop was also the most reasonably priced place we found for souveneirs. A must-do for a very comprehensive insight into Icelandic history and culture. Just wish it was open later than 5.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely worth visiting if you have time. It's a short walk past the pond and it costs 2000ISK (about £14). There's a cloakroom and lockers where you leave your bag(s) so you don't have to lug your stuff around with you and there are also toilets and a gift shop. The museum itself is really interesting and it's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Their permanent exhibit on the settlement and history of Iceland is very thorough and downright fascinating! Your ticket to the National Museum will also get you into the Culture House, and vice versa. For the price, you may as well go to both!

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