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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National Museum of Iceland Reviews
This was a nicely set up museum. I wish there was more pre-Christian stuff. It occupied two hours easily. more »
The history of people in Iceland is not deep, and this is certainly communicated in this museum. For the most part, the history described is of the Christian faith in Iceland. The geology is fascinati... more »
We had a free guided tour as it was the culture day of Iceland. It was brilliant. However, it is definitely worth it to pay the admission fee because the museum is actually very well put together and you will surely learn a lot about the history of Iceland. This is the first museum we visited on our trip to Iceland and it helped us to have a good idea about how Iceland was settled and progressed. If you only have time to visit one museum in Reykjavík, this is the one!
Lots of great information about Iceland and its people. Particularly interested in the Irish connection and the genetic make up of Icelandic people. I liked the series of images which charted Icelandic history through from the 1920s onwards but I would have liked a few more captions explaining what was happening maybe a bullet point list at the start of each decade. Too expensive bring the entrance fee down.
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