Few travelers come to Iceland because of its museums. Iceland is a country with relatively poor urban and personal accomplishments history and accordingly, museums of Iceland are not competing with museums in other countries in Europe, which boast with a rich history of hundreds or even thousands of years. This fact does not prevent Iceland to present a number of interesting museums definitely worth a visit. Unlike many other museums, that require a long stroll between the displays, museums in Iceland are niche museums that focus on one subject only, and usually do so successfully.
recommended to combine a visit to one of the museums, which are spread throughout the country. Here is a list of several noticeable museums definitely worth spending there your time.
The National Museum of Iceland was opened on February 24, 1863, based on display items, which were kept before in the museums of Denmark. The National Museum is located in Reykjavik and displays items that provide insight into the history and culture of Iceland. The museum encourages visitors to focus on the past, present and future of Iceland and to cherish the knowledge and awareness of the nation's unique history, in perspective of the innovation and the future of the country. In the museum, there are permanent exhibitions showing the history of Iceland's Vikings with the ancient manuscripts of sagas as well as temporary exhibitions. For the National Museum's website, click here.
A nice little museum located in the southwest part of the western fjords of Iceland not far from the town Patreksfjörður. The museum gives a glimpse on the life that have evolved in western fjords of Iceland, a land with a unique culture and history in the annals of Iceland. The museum has interesting artifacts and fishing vessels, which were used by locals in their daily struggle for survival in this isolated area. There is also a nice cafeteria with a WIFI connection to Internet. For more details of the museum, click here.
The world's largest museum devoted to whales. The museum displays real-scale models of many species of whales, including the blue whale, the largest creature that have ever lived on Earth. The museum is located in Reykjavik's old harbor, not far from the city center. Great entertainment for families with children. For the website of the museum, click here.
This museum is definitely unique in Iceland and probably in the whole world. The museum is dedicated to display the male genitals of most mammals, including whales, which exist in Iceland. The latest addition to the museum is a sample from a human who volunteered to donate his "share" for the enjoyment of visitors of the museum. The owner of the exhibition is taking the matter very seriously, and display of formalin jars is certainly amazing. The museum contains a display of genitals of over two hundred mammals living in Iceland. The museum is also a place of scientific research for the scientists interested in the subject. The museum used to be located in northern Iceland, not far from the town of Húsavík, but in 2011 moved to the capital Reykjavik. For the website of the museum, click here.
This outdoor museum gives an almost authentic glimpse on Reykjavik's life of the last century. The museum was created in the location, where there was once an old farm, which was a popular rest stop and inn, but was abandoned and almost ruined. One of the most recommended museums to visit, especially for families with children. To read more, click here.
The witchcraft museum is located in Hólmavík town in the western fjords of Iceland. The Strandir coast has been always associated with a witchcraft and magic in Iceland. The Museum of witchcraft exhibits the items that were used by sorcerers and magicians as the tools and shows the alternative, but no less interesting history of Iceland. For the museum location, click here.
This fascinating museum brings the visitors back to the Vikings age and recreates major events of Icelandic history and famous historical figures. The exhibitions in the museum are made of wax and the visitors walk in between the events in chronological order. For the website of the museum, click here.
The Reykjavik Art Museum, founded in 1973, is the largest visual art institution in the country. The museum's mission is to present contemporary art and its various layers. The museum is divided into three rooms dedicated each one to different subject. Since 1993, the architecture industry is also displayed in the museum. For the website of the museum, click here.
The Arctic Fox Center in the town of Sudavik in the western fjords is a research and an exhibition center, which focuses on the Arctic fox, which is the only native land mammal in Iceland. During the summer, you can see there the animals and learn about their way of life and their natural environment in Hornstrandir in western fjords. The center offers a pleasant atmosphere, coffee shop, Wi-Fi in an antique wooden house. For more information about the museum, click here.
A nice little outdoor museum near the waterfall Skógafoss located in southern Iceland. In the museum, you can visit the grass houses and see how Icelanders lived in past centuries. There is also an indoor museum where there is a collection of antique vehicles including a Ford Model T's. For the website of the museum, click here.
Volcano Museum, or in Icelandic - Eldfjallasafn is a small museum featuring original art exhibition including posters, paintings, sculptures and other art objects that are connected to volcanism and volcanic eruptions.The museum was established at the initiative of Haraldur Sigurðsson, a volcanologist (volcanoes researcher) that has collected for years everything that is presented today at the museum. For the website of the museum, click here.
Innocent stones collection's size, which began as an Icelandic girl's hobby, grew very large and impressive, and today the home of Petra, which is a museum now, attracts more than 20,000 visitors a year. The place has an impressive collection of rocks and minerals from all over Iceland. The museum is located in Petra's hometown - Stöðvarfirði. Visit the museum website.