History Museums Reykjavik

National Museum of Iceland

National Museum of Iceland is the oldest museum in the country and 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, the 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.

From 1 May to 15 September guided tours are offered Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am. Special Christmas exhibitions are on display from the 12th of December, where Icelandic Santas visit the museum.


Suðurgata 41
101 Reykjavík
+354 530-2200

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