"National Museum of Iceland" National Museum of Iceland Tip by sarahandgareth
National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavík: 16 reviews and 49 photos
Iceland's National Museum, like all the others we visited, is an excellent combination of artifacts and texts; while there was more to read here than in other locations, it held our interest throughout. The museum is laid out in such a way that it tells the story of Iceland: you walk in at the dawn of Icelandic history (early exploration and "settlement" by Irish monks before the Viking era), right through the golden age as represented by the literary explosion of the saga period, then through the long 'Dark Ages' and then the gradual coming of modernity. The final exhibit area includes a computer with that day's newspaper online, so it's always right up to date!
Inevitably, the early period, with tales of Vikings and religious wars, held our interest more, but the museum also has an interesting set of 'key' exhibits, the must-see items, with accompanying text, that give you a speeded-up version of Icelandic history if you can't stay long. That's a good primer, but don't pass by all of the other exhibits: it's a great primer on Icelandic history, which we especially enjoyed having already seen some of the key sites outside Reykjavik.
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