Reykjavík City Museum

The museum's goal is to enhance interest, understanding and respect for the history of Reykjavík and ensures that both inhabitants and visitors have e clear and easy access to the cultural heritage of the city.

The museum promotes knowledge of the history and living conditions of people of Reykjavík from the Settlement Age to the present day.

The museum cohort includes the Árbær Open Air Museum, The Settlement Exhibition, the Reykjavík Museum of Photography, the Maritime Museum, and Viðey Island.

Árbaer Open Air museum opened in 1957 and is comprised of over twenty old houses, that form a sort of village. Each house is an exhibition in itself. 

Reykjavik 871± 2 or the Settlement Exhibition deals with the settlement of Reykjavik. The exhibition is based on scholars´ theories on what the heritage sites in central Reykjavik can tell us about the life and work of the first settlers. The focus of the exhibition is the remains of a hall from the Settlement Age which was excavated in 2001.  

The Reykjavík Maritime Museum is located by the old harbour in Reykjavík, in a building that was originally built as a fish freezing plant. The Museum exhibits Icelandic maritime history throughout the ages and one of the main attractions is the coast guard ship Odinn.

Viðey island was inhabited from soon after the sett­lement ofIce­land around 900 AD. In 1225 a mona­stery was founded on the island by Þorvaldur Gissurarson, with the ass­ist­ance of scholar/chieftain Snorri Sturluson. Visiting the island and the museum there is interesting and fun.

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