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National Museum of Iceland

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Address: Sudurgata 41, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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+354 530 2200
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10:00 - 17:00
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US$54.85*
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US$26.33*
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City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Interesting Information About the Early Settlers

We visited the museum by using the Hop On Hope Off bus which stops almost outside. The cost of entrance was 2,000 per adult so about £16.00 each. I found the first floor the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited the museum by using the Hop On Hope Off bus which stops almost outside. The cost of entrance was 2,000 per adult so about £16.00 each. I found the first floor the most interesting, all aout the early settlers, where they had come from, the sort of items they wouuld have taken with them including livestock. It was... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Icelandic history is relatively short in European standards. So this museum only has a thousand years worth of history to cover. It does give a nice overview of iceland. However I felt I learned a lot of this info on some of the tours I went on. I wouldn't say it is a must do as it's very expensive. It's... More 

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Aberdare, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm not really a Museum person but I thought it was really interesting to learn a bit more about the country. I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to visit it but if you have time to kill it's worth a visit.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Relatively small and a little out of town (though handy for our hotel, Radisson Blu) but a fascinating collection of artifacts covering the history of the island since its first settlement 1100 years ago. Logically laid out and with informative signage (in English) the exhibits start with 10th century bone needles and ends with an early 21st century laptop! Set... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are going to visit more than one museum it is more cost effective to purchase the 'city card' which are available for 24, 48 or 72 hours. Seeing two museums pays for the card I think. The national is one museum not to be missed, great little gift shop also

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Peebles, Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I knew very little about the history of Iceland so this museum was very interesting. Well laid out and some audio and visual aids. I thought that some of the displays were a bit dark for easy viewing.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum takes you from the first visitors to the island to current day. There are many informative exhibits on multiple floors with a few interactive ones for children. It's not too far of a walk from downtown and a great place to get out of the cold.

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Manly, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a nice walk up to the National Museum through a small forest. The museum is not open yet but it has a great viewing platform, indoor and outdoor which has great views over Reykjavik! There is a great cafe there selling tasty food and coffee. Get a take away if you are doing a self-drive the sandwiches were... More 

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Portland, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Small but excellent museum. Displays are attractive, with artifacts and historical information panels easy to read in English. Good cafe on first floor with healthy, local food offered.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Since they converted to religion quite late on the Island there's a bit too much of a focus on the Christian past and not really enough on the pre Christian people for my liking. But it's a nicely kept Museum with a few nice quiet reflective areas, well and worth looking at.

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