National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik

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Iceladic history comes to life at National Museum of Iceland, founded in 1863. Though its collections used to be held in various Danish institutions, the museum now houses objects returned to their country of origin in the 19th century. The permanent exhibit includes a celebrated carved door depicting a lion slaying a dragon. Use our Reykjavik travel route builder website to arrange your visit to National Museum of Iceland and other attractions in Reykjavik.
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  • Started at the museum on our first day in Iceland (pretty much from the airport). Started with history - a beginning to understanding Iceland and its inhabitants. Provided an appreciation for the... 
    Started at the museum on our first day in Iceland (pretty much from the airport). Started with history - a beginning to understanding Iceland and its inhabitants. Provided an appreciation for the...  more »
  • It's not the largest museum in the world but it gives a great overview of Icelandic history. I also want to thank the museum staff for pointing out that there are drawers which you can open which... 
    It's not the largest museum in the world but it gives a great overview of Icelandic history. I also want to thank the museum staff for pointing out that there are drawers which you can open which...  more »
  • We were lucky enough to arrive just in time for a free guided tour. The guide was fantastic, she talked us through the different periods of Icelandic History. This really helped us to get the most... 
    We were lucky enough to arrive just in time for a free guided tour. The guide was fantastic, she talked us through the different periods of Icelandic History. This really helped us to get the most...  more »
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  • It is a great little museum (little being the reason of 4/5). Otherwise explanations are very concise and good, the visitors having a great time learning Icelandic history. A big plus for the taking care of little children, they have various activities for then not to get very bored, and also they really don't mind the little ones noise. We enjoyed a lot, and we think it is a must visit while a tourist in Iceland.
  • A superb museum of you want to discover the great and dynamic history of Iceland. There is also different exhibitions running at the same time that the permanent one, it’s full of simple and accurate explanations, few things for the kids as well. It is very impressive and you can see from close all the magnificent objects and artefacts that has been found out in the country. Count a decent two or more hours to have a great visit. There also audio guides, and the employees are very very kind. The museum is very well taken care, and designed. Check it for a visit ! ✅
  • A must see attraction in Reykjavik. The museum shows a rich history of the Iceland, from the Settlement until modern times, including different historical chapters with Denmark, UK, the history of the religion, the everyday life through different periods, trade, … The audio guide tour is really great to follow, definitely lots of amazing things to see.
  • Went here after our tour got cancelled due to bad weather. Worked out about £15 each to get in and we spent a few hours here. The museum was quite good, although there was some repetition in the information given and there was no clear route to follow for the correct date order. This is something the museum could easily improve. But if you like your history and want something to do in Reykjavik then a visit here could be worth your while.
  • Wonderful museum that was established 1863 and is a testimony to the history of Iceland. There are over 2000 items on exhibit depicting the migration, heritage, culture and history of Iceland from the Settlement Age through the present.

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