National Museum

In 2004 the National Museum of Iceland reopened its door after extensive refurbishment and the modernised museum now offers a wider variety of services to its guests.

The role of the museum is to increase and relay knowledge of Icelandic cultural heritage from the nation´s earliest settlement through to the modern day. The present meets the past.

The museum is a modern and progressive museum, providing a comprehensive picture of the past 1200 years of Iceland´s cultural history.

Located in the city center on the edge of the university campus, the National Museum of Iceland details Iceland’s history and culture from the earliest evidence of a pagan burial site to Bjork’s music career.

The main exhibition ‘Making of a Nation’ has interactive elements many visitors enjoy such as having a one-way telephone conversation with a medieval chieftain from 1117. This section also reveals interesting DNA research used on the teeth of the first Viking settlers to determine their origins.

The ground floor of the museum houses a gift shop and cafe as well as the National Museum Collection of Photographs and Prints which is Iceland‘s largest public collection of images. Over four million photographs are stored here, both professional and amateur. The museum organizes exhibitions with varying themes relating to its collections and Icelandic photographic history in general, and publishes books on photography.


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