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Reykjavik City Museum, Reykjavik

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Learn about the history and living conditions of Icelandic people from the age of settlement to the present day at Reykjavik City Museum. The museum features the archaeological remains of a Viking settlement, an open-air museum, a maritime museum, a photography museum, and pieces of modern landscape art. See some of Iceland's oldest relics (from 871 CE), and the tenth-century longhouse, parts of which are preserved in their original locations. The museum's interactive multimedia technology brings the ancient Viking ways to life at the settlement exhibit. The maritime museum includes fishermen's bunk beds, a mock dock, and a former coast guard vessel that rescued many ships' crews from sinking. Take a guided tour of the museum alongside original houses, a small farm, and through a village square. Add Reykjavik City Museum to your Reykjavik travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Reykjavik itinerary maker.
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TripAdvisor
  • Its a beautiful building outside surrounded by water. Maybe i expected too much much inside but was bit disappointed. The major things i saw were the map of iceland on a big table platform. Seems its ...  more »
  • It's pretty historical. I just didn't find it that enthralling. Not much of a history of Iceland buff I guess. There's also just not much to it,  more »
  • The lighting in here is shocking. I actually wouldn't know how people with poor eyesight see some of the stuff in here. Maybe it's like this to set the ambiance but let's be practical too. The marking...  more »
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  • Nice but rather small. Just FYI, it is no longer free. The exhibit was 1000 kr.
  • Free admission, so a good place to drop in if you happen to get stuck in a surprise thunderstorm and need shelter from the wind. Seems like they change exhibits fairly regularly. Up on the 6th(?) floor.
  • Really great for a free photo exhibit! I really enjoyed looking through some of the books in the book shop (like Spessi Location).
  • Cool library. Came in for a special photo exhibition which wasn't very good, however the permanent photos they have hanging around the staircase were fantastic. Take the lift up to the sixth floor and walk down to see them all. There are toilets and free wifi.
  • This museum is free so it's worth walking through. The photos are pretty cool. You could walk through in 10-15 minutes.