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The National museum
plays a central r
ole in the history of Icelandic museums and heritage preservation. The building itself, however, looks quite humble from the outside, compared to the great museums of other European capitals. But the National Museum reaches far beyond the stone walls of Sudurgta. The museum is the centre for research and preservation of Icelandic cultural heritage as well as archaeological artifacts. What can be seen inside is merely the tip of the iceberg, a selection of artifacts, photos and information, carefully chosen to represent or build up an insight into Icelandic culture and history.
The permanent exhibition, ‘Making of a Nation’, follows Icelandic history since the Settlement right
up to the present day. Is a very ambitious exhibition that was especially made for the museum’s reopening in 2004.
The National Museum is also a good place for children. It
provides hands-on experiences such as puzzles and games to boost interest in Iceland’s history and cultural heritage. The museum’s usage of multi-media also makes it more visual and more exciting for children of all ages.
The National Museum cannot be discussed without mentioning the gift shop. There is a small but great selection of books and one of Reykjavik’s best selection of English translations - the old sagas, modern cook books and lots of classic photo books. There are also tasteful design souvenirs, n
ot the usual m
ass-produced items you can find elsewhere.
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