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Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition

Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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A treat for the senses

We stumbled upon the museum while wandering the downtown Reykjavík area. It is truly amazing, a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Conway, Arkansas
Very Well Done!

This is a very small museum but it is very well done and well worth visiting. Pretty expensive for... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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At The Settlement Exhibition in Adalstraeti visitors can experience the settlement of Iceland in late 9th century through two remarkable exhibitions. The Settlement Exhibition revolves around an excavated site, the actual remains of a Viking Age longhouse that have been preserved in situ. The exhibition gives an invaluable insight into the life and times of the first people to inhabit the Reykjavik area and the ways in which they adapted to their new environment. The exhibition is founded on archaeological and other scientific research and introduces visitors to the latest facts and interpretations forwarded by a range of experts who have concentrated on this period of our history. Settlement Sagas comprises some of the nation's most renowned documents, many of them written in the twelfth century but relating events that go back as far as 874 AD, when the first settlers are said to have come to Iceland. Recognised by UNESCO as having outstanding cultural value These two exhibitions hosted by the Reykjavik City Museum afford an unprecedented view into the origins of Icelandic culture. One is based on archaeological findings from the days of the Settlement and the other on manuscripts documenting the same period. This is also the first time Iceland's literary heritage and archaeological history have been placed side by side for the general public. In addition, the preservation of these precious manuscripts is one of the reasons why UNESCO officially designated Reykjavik as a City of Literature in 2011.
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Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stumbled upon the museum while wandering the downtown Reykjavík area. It is truly amazing, a testament to the famed creativity of the Icelanders. There was about a $15 entrance fee, but it was really worth it. Highly recommend the museum!

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a very small museum but it is very well done and well worth visiting. Pretty expensive for such a small exhibition but I'd still recommend it.

Thank jehdfd
Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoyed this museum and our senior ticket (free) was a bonus. Figure on an hour or so. It is an excavation of an original home from MANY years ago and gives insight into how Icelanders lived.

Thank Judy M
Reviewed 3 days ago

Iceland was settled by Vikings. Beside being world class pillagers they were farmers. These were not master builders or stone masons. What is left of their early settlements across Iceland is few and far between. We are lucky to even have this area to visit....More

Thank DrMitch
Reviewed 3 days ago

Waste of money. Poorly lit. Artifacts not well displayed. Poor presentation. I do not recommend this museum, Expensive.

Thank p169649
Reviewed 3 days ago

The exhibition center is just in the downtown. If you have a city card, the admission fee is included. I like learning about the history and this center just does the job. It's not large but the displays are quite informative.

Thank Ruby D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We payed a lot for a tour of 15 minutes with just a lot of rocks and a hole in the center. I seriously don't racomand it

Thank Luigi N
Reviewed 6 days ago

As we had limited time to visit museums, this museum seemed to be the most mentioned. Very nicely, this museum focused on how Iceland was initially settled. The exhibits focused on archeological excavations, which a full recreation of an ancient house foundation, and other artifacts...More

Thank James W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quick visit. Very interesting exhibition. I really liked it. Kids in the place seemed to enjoy it too!

Thank annmaria2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a super little exhibition, right in the city of Reykjavik, easy to find. Free entry, not busy and time to take a good look around, very well done, modern and informative.

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Is this attraction open on Sunday?
29 January 2017|
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Response from Geoff M | Reviewed this property |
Yes 9am - 6pm daily
Does the Reykjavik City Card include admission to the Sagas exhibition, or just the main Settlement exhibition?
11 March 2016|
Response from WanderlustLady2 | Reviewed this property |
It's just the Settlement exhibition. The Sagas is entirely separate but I recall it being a pretty small fee.