Greinasafni: Icelandic Times einnig undir: Söfn
The Making of a Nation - Heritage and History in Iceland
National Museum of Iceland
A state-of-the-art museum that any curator would be proud of.
The Making of a Nation - Heritage and History in Iceland
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The Permanent Exhibition at the museum takes you on a journey through time, wending its way through the centuries from the Settlement Period right up to the present. Nearly 1,200 years of Iceland’s history is divided into 7 periods of time, presented in chronological order and is vividly portrayed by a collection of some 2,000 historical objects and 1,000 photographs throughout. The exhibition starts with the arrival of Settlers to Iceland by boat and ends at a modern-day luggage conveyor belt from Keflavik Airport, loaded with memorabilia from each decade of the last century.

Those cute little turf houses...

The National Museum has a collection of over forty historic buildings scattered around Iceland which are under its care and protection. In South Iceland one of the best preserved turf buildings is the ancient farm Keldur in Rangarvellir, which is mentioned in Njall’s Saga, and is easily accessible in the summer. These unique turf houses were the principle type of dwelling from the 11th century until well into the 20th century, even as late as the 1950’s. There are only a few remaining in South Iceland whereas many surviving turf houses and even a few turf churches are to be found in North Iceland. Good examples of turf farms are at Laufás in Eyjafjordur (near Akureyri) and Bustarfell in Vopnafjordur ( North West Iceland). These are open to the public in the summer.

Temporary Exhibitions
Throughout the year there are numerous temporary exhibits and events in the museum dedicated to various themes about life in Iceland.

The Christmas Programme (5 - 24 December 2010)

●  5th - 6th Dec. - Exhibition of Christmas trees in Iceland from different periods.
● 5th - 6th Dec - The 13 Yuletide Lads’ Christmas House exhibition gives a complete picture of the Icelandic Yuletide Lads or Jólasveinn.
● 12th-24th Dec. - Live Happening - “The Yuletide Lads are Coming” - a succession of Yuletide Lads arrive at the museum (in order of appearance) to the delight of young and old alike with humorous tales from their mountain home.
● 19th Dec. The Icelandic Yule - an entertaining lecture in English by Terry Gunnell, Professor of History at the University of Iceland 

The Museum Shop
If you are looking for a special something, sold nowhere else in the world, then check out the Museum Shop with its unique selection of fine gifts. The museum collaborates with Icelandic designers and artisans to produce a range of items that are connected to Iceland’s history including: specialty chocolate bars, designer woollen goods, children’s toys, cards, stationery and more. The Museum of Iceland also publishes Icelandic heritage and history books in several languages that are available for purchase in the museum shop.

The Museum Cafe
A pleasant café with floor to ceiling windows is situated on the ground floor just opposite the Museum Shop: sandwiches, light lunches, cakes and pastries, tea and coffee are served.

Opening Hours:
Summer (1st May - 15th September) Daily 10 - 17
Winter (16th September - 20th April) Daily except Mondays 11- 17
Free admission on Wednesdays

Address:     Sudurgata 41
 101 Reykjavik
Phone :     +354 530 2200

Admission Prices:
Adults: 1000 kr.
Senior citizens and students: 500 kr.
Groups of 10+: 600 kr.
Children under 18: Free


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