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National Museum Of Iceland: Bush Up On Your History

 National Museum Reykjavik

Calling all history lovers and culture enthusiasts! The National Museum of Iceland is your ticket to a captivating journey through the rich and vibrant history of this remarkable country. Located in Reykjavík, it promises an enlightening and relaxing cultural experience that will leave you inspired.


Step inside this extraordinary museum, established way back in 1863, and immerse yourself in exhibitions that unlock the secrets of Iceland’s Viking heritage and the pivotal events that have shaped modern-day Iceland. From rare artifacts dating back to 930 A.D. to meticulously documented historical moments, the museum paints a vivid picture of the nation’s fascinating past.

Discover the captivating tales showcased in both permanent and temporary exhibitions. You might even consider a return visit, as the museum often hosts intriguing temporary displays, ranging from Icelandic queer history to the inspiring story of the world’s first female president. Don’t forget to refuel at the charming café, where you can indulge in delicious food and coffee—a perfect pit stop after your immersive historical exploration.


Situated near the heart of Reykjavík, nestled between the University of Iceland and the picturesque Lake Tjörnin, the National Museum of Iceland is easily accessible, just a short 10-minute drive from the Blue House.


The museum welcomes visitors from May 1 to September 15, daily from 10 am to 5 pm. From September 16 to April 30, the opening hours remain the same, except on Mondays. Be sure to check the museum’s website for any updates or additional information.


Embarking on this cultural adventure won’t break the bank! Adults can enjoy the museum for a modest fee of 2000 ISK (around £12), while seniors and students pay half price. And here’s the best part—children under 18 enter for free! As a delightful bonus, the museum offers a complimentary audio guide in nine languages, easily accessible on your smartphone. You can also opt for the Annual Pass, granting you unlimited access to all exhibitions and events for the same affordable price (2000 ISK).


 National Museum Reykjavik
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Here’s an added treat! Just a short 15-minute walk from the National Museum of Iceland, you’ll find the extraordinary Culture House, also known as Safnahúsið. This architectural gem, initially built to house the National Library and National Archives of Iceland, is now an exhibition space in collaboration with various cultural institutions. Your ticket to the National Museum also grants you entry to the Culture House—double the cultural experience!

For more museum recommendations and exciting discoveries in Iceland, head to the Blue House Blog. Uncover the wonders that await you on this remarkable island!

Get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey through time at the National Museum of Iceland. Share your excitement with us in the comments below and start planning your unforgettable visit today!


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