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The National Museum of Iceland

Iceland’s history from the settlement to present day

The National Museum of Iceland is the oldest museum in the country, and it celebrated its 150th birthday in 2013. At the museum, you can explore the permanent exhibition, Making of a Nation – Heritage and History in Iceland, which is intended to provide insight into the history of the Icelandic nation from the settlement to the present day.

The exhibition is conceived as a journey through time: it begins with the ship, in which medieval settlers crossed the ocean to their new home; it ends in a modern airport, Icelanders’ gateway to the world. The museum caters to all ages and you can find games, play dress up, and explore the museum via interactive touch screens and audio guides which complement the exhibitions.

Suðurgata 41, 101 Reykjavík
+354 530 2200
May-Mid-Sept: every Wed, Sat, and Sun guided tours in English are offered at 11:00. Your ticket to The National Museum of Iceland is also valid for The Culture House. Wheelchair accessible.


Tues-Sun 10-17


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