Greinasafni: Söfn
The Culture House
Húsavík's Fascinating View
of its History
There are two permanent exhibitions in The Culture House: ‘Man and Nature – 100 years in Þingeyjarsýsla’, a new exhibition opened in 2010 and ‘The Maritime Exhibition’.

‘Man and Nature—100 Years
in Þingeyjarsýsla’

This aims to provide insight into man’s relationship with nature in this region in the period 1850-1950, and the subsistence farming that was practised at that time when each farmstead was largely self-sufficient.
This interesting aspect of national culture is explored by juxtaposing objects from nature and man-made artefacts. The presentation includes a large number of interesting exhibits - some of natural origin, such as animals, plants and rocks, while others are home-made objects, for instance tools, needlework, works of art and crafts, etc.

The Maritime Exhibition
Here you will find displays of a large number of boats, many of them built in Húsavík. It also includes a wide variety of fishing gear, equipment and tools which were used in the fisheries, seal-hunting and shark-fishing. Films can be viewed, and the exhibition offers an interesting interactive history database, where information on such unusual matters as the location of fishing grounds, farms with driftwood rights, landing-places for boats, etc. is presented in map form.

Research and Photography Exhibits
On both the ground floor and top floor of the Culture House various temporary exhibitions and events take place. This summer, there will be an exhibition on archeological research and findings in the area, an exhibition on Iceland’s role in the moon landing and a photography exhibition with photos from the Mývatn Area at the beginning of the 20th century, taken by Bárður Sigurðsson. At the Cultural house you can also find a children’s room, museum shop and coffee.

The Culture House is open from the 1st of June - 31st of August every day from 10-18.
Adult admission is 600 ISK with children under 16 admitted free and includes all exhibits.

Húsavík  Phallological Museum
One of the strangest museums in Iceland and likely the world, the phallological museum is a serious museum with a sense of humour about its subject matter. This museum boasts a collection of carefully preserved penises from all land and sea animals found in Iceland. The collection has been recently completed as the museum now has a human specimen from a man willing to relinquish the rights to his most intimate parts after his death to forever go down in history. A fun museum to make curious comparisons. Open everyday 12-18 from 20th May to 10th September. Admission is 800 ISK.
Húsavík Whale Museum
Dedicated exclusively to whale biology, behaviour, and interaction with people, this museum is housed in the town’s renovated slaughterhouse.

Hafnarstétt 1 • 640 Húsavík
+354 464 4300

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