Skogar Museum in South Iceland, is a cultural heritage collection of 15,000 regional folk craft artifacts. The items are exhibited in 3 museums and 6 historical buildings.
The regional folk museum is well known throughout Iceland for being the best of its kind with a collection of artefacts from local curator Thordur Tomasson. The unique collection of mementos of this region’s past is housed in beautifully preserved old turf-roofed houses known as Byggdarsafnid Skogar.
In 1952 it became clear that the museum needed its own building. Three years later the first museum structure was built. Many more buildings were gradually added to the museum, most recently a church and schoolhouse. All the buildings on the museum site have been brought to the museum from various places in Rangarvallasysla and West Skaftafellssysla. They have been reconstructed on the museum site.
In 1990 an extension to the museum building was constructed. For the first time the museum’s collection could be presented in separate sections: Fisheries, Agriculture, Handcrafts, etc. The basement of the new building houses the county archives.
Twelve years later a Transport Museum was opened in a large building erected on the museum site. The museum focuses on transport and technology, as well as on the role of the horse and ferries in overland transport in the days before roads and bridges.
Where to find Skogar Museum?
Skogar Museum is right next to Skogafoss Waterfall, just off the Ring Road. You’ll find Skogar 30 km west of Vik and 150 km east of Reykjavik.
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