Sep 15, 2020

Brush Up on your History at the National Museum of Iceland

The National Museum of Iceland is for lovers of history looking to discover more about Iceland’s rich past. Don’t forget to check out our other posts on the Bluehouse Blog.

What can I Learn There?

This museum provides exhibitions which delve into the country’s Viking history, as well as all of the most important events leading up to modern-day Iceland. Some of the events recorded lead back to as early as 930 A.D, a time seldom documented in Icelandic history. The island has made sure to keep track of all its major historical events since then, recognising the importance of remembering. There are both permanent and temporary displays shown here, so it could even be worth a second visit if you come back some time. There are all kinds of really interesting exhibitions held here, from Iceland’s religious history to its queer history as well. The stories of different queer people residing in the country has been well documented. What we now know as trans and non binary identity didn’t have a name back then, but people were still living their truth, as shown in these exhibitions.

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Any bonuses?

We all love a good deal, don’t we? Well, the culture house, or Safnahúsið, is also worth a visit, valid with your ticket from the museum. It’s thought of as one of Iceland’s most beautiful buildings. There is also a free audioguide to accompany you on your voyage through history. This can be downloaded on your smartphone, which is handy.

When is the National Museum of Iceland Open?

From the 1st May to the 15th September, it’s open 10-5. From then onwards (through winter) it’s the same, except closed on Mondays. Refer to their website for holidays, as it’s closed during some of these.


This is an affordable day out, adults paying 2000 Icelandic krona, (around £12) seniors and students paying half price and children under 18 entering for free! Can’t argue with that!

Where is it?

The National Museum of Iceland is located right near the centre of Reykjavík, close to the university and a 15 minute walk from the Culture House. It’s also just a ten minute drive from the Blue House – we’re just saying 😉

Lastly, this museum boasts a charming little café that serves delicious food and coffee; a good pit stop after all that learning, so check it out!

Which part of Iceland’s National Museum do you think would be more interesting to you? Let us know in the comment section down below!


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