Herring Era Museum, Siglufjordur

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May & September we're open 13-17 daily. June, July & August we're open daily 10-18. October throughout April we're open by appointment. Use our Siglufjordur trip builder app to visit Herring Era Museum on your trip to Siglufjordur, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Fascinating exploration of a time not so long ago when this was the herring capital of the world. Rich is real artifacts and housed in authentic structures this is a must if you are in town.  more »
  • We toured this excellent little museum and learned about the herring trade as well as the history of this area. The exhibits are well done and you feel like you are walking back in time. There are.....  more »
  • This museum is quite a surprise. I was not expecting to enjoy it or find it interesting. This tells a lot of the history of Iceland and explains the impact and importance of the fishing industry. The....  more »
  • Pretty fascinating if you love history and enjoy going to museums (which I do). I only give it 4 stars because it’s such a specific museum in a sense that I don’t want to encourage *everyone* to go. I think you really have to want to learn about Iceland’s past to enjoy this. But even if you just enjoy museums generally, I think you’d still find this interesting. Definitely not a quick stop if you do want to learn. Leave yourself an hour or more to explore.
  • I must admit I’m not usually a huge museum fan. But this was a really well done museum. Three buildings. Excellent displays, some old boats and machinery, and old photos. Provides excellent history of the area and the Herring industry which was vital to Iceland for much of the 20th century. Really impressed. Highly recommend it.
  • Pretty well done museum about the time and people of this small town during the heyday of the herring canning and processing time period. It provides a personal look into the lives of ordinary people, and how they lived. The craft of the museum is surprisingly well done. It comprises 4 buildings on the waterfront and includes free entry to 3 other museums in town.
  • "Let's learn about the history of herring", said nobody ever. But this is really a great place to spend an hour or so. You can become a real life herring person, walk around the boats and understand how hard the work involved must have been. Not only that, but you learn how the living conditions of the factory workers also sucked. Not only was this life difficult, but you had a good chance of drowning 🛥️🥶😨 But through all this hardship you learn that people still smiled, grew prosperous and had some good times. These truly were hard working, inspirational people ♥️🌊 🐟 The video that is played inside the factory building is quite awesomely weird too. If you want to go learn about capitalism at the far north of our planet, visit this place, it's totally worth it.
  • Great museum with lots of fishing knowledge. Nice to see a previously working processing plant.

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