The Exploration Museum, Husavik

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The Exploration Museum (Icelandic: Könnunarsögusafnið) is dedicated to the history of human exploration, from the early explorers to the exploration of space. The museum is located in the center of Húsavík in North Iceland, 50 kilometres (30 mi) from the Arctic Circle. The museum was founded in 2011 and formally opened in 2014 by the President of Iceland.
The main exhibition room features photographs and artifacts from the Apollo astronaut training program near Húsavík in 1965 and 1967. The second exhibition room features the history of Viking exploration. Upstairs is dedicated to the exploration of the polar regions and the races to the north and south poles. The basement details expeditions which travelled underground and beneath the sea.
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  • From a very wide and rich category, this museum focuses on some very interesting stories and presents them in a fun and accessible way. Really enjoyed the stop and could easily have spent more time...  more »
  • Orly the owner was generous to give us a tour in a mid October rainy day, it was worth it. Great exhibits promoting also women explorers who were never mentioned in history books. Divided into couple....  more »
  • I stopped in to see what this was about. It's interesting because the museum covers all areas of exploration from the Vikings to space exploration. Wide amount of information in a small building.  more »
  • Fantastic gem of a museum! There's several small exhibitions on important explorers both in Iceland and other parts of the world - from Iceland's role in NASA's Apollo 11 expedition, to the 'race to the Poles', to the Vikings' explorations and important female explorers. Definitely worth a visit!
  • Really nice museum a lot to see.
  • Nice museum keeper, very good exhibition
  • This museum is definitely worth a visit! It’s little but very interesting and entry is by donation. If you’re in town stop by.
  • Small but awesome museum with a donation for an entrance fee. Definitely worth a stop

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