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National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik
(4.3/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web)
Gain a comprehensive understanding of Iceland's history through artifacts, photos, and interactive exhibits at National Museum of Iceland. Housed in a modern building, the museum provides an in-depth look into the nation's history from 800 BCE to 2000 CE. The exhibits, which are spread across two floors, follow four themes: Icelandic way of life and work, settlement patterns and homes, arts and crafts, and language and culture. You can take a guided tour several days a week. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to National Museum of Iceland by using our Reykjavik itinerary maker.
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  • We knew very little about the history and development of Iceland. If you can spare a half-day, this gives you a basic understanding but also whets your appetite to learn more. Very nice on-site cafe. 
  • We thought this museum gets it just right, balancing copious information with accessibility - well curated and a really enjoyable 2 hours 
  • It was allowed to take pictures without Flash. Very interesting to see and read about. Interesting hunting and fishing gear they used over the years. I was there enough in 3 h. Good with elevator and toilets. Helpful staff.
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  • An interesting and informative museum. It does not boast the greatest selection of artifacts but I'd you want to learn more about the Icelandic people then this is the place to go. The guided tours are not the greatest but the audio tour is very informative and detailed. Had a wonderful time here!
  • Great museum. Four stories of icelandic history with good interactive exhibits. No bags allowed. They have free lockers though.
  • An excellent introduction to Icelandic history and culture. The chronological layout provides a helpful structure, exhibits presented in engaging ways and the labelling is excellent, allowing the visitor to select the level of detail required. I learned so much but have also been inspired to learn more on my return home.
  • For all hoping to get free entrance on wednesday: this information is old and not valid any more. You have to pay on each open day, currently 1.500 ISK / adult. Jul 16
  • Museum does a great job at describing the vast history of Iceland. There are a lot of aspects I didn't realize occurred that I can now see affected the current culture. It is multiple floors and the exhibits are very interesting.