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National Museum of Iceland

by /bio/pheymont »

The National Museum of Iceland is not a huge place; about the size of an average U.S. high school, and looking sort of like one from the outside. Inside, we found a museum largely dedicated to an in-depth timeline of Iceland's history from settlement to the present. 

We've been to many history museums full of artifacts, lists of big events, and praises of the glory of wherever it's located; we're a tough sell but this one got us. All the artifacts are there, but they are explained not only in chronological time, but in their relation to change over Iceland's 1100-year history: changes in social classes, in technology, in climate, in world trade and relations.

Extensive multimedia pieces deepen the information at many parts of the exhibit, and a thorough audioguide is available with many stations (there is also a children's version of the audioguide and other special children's material). 

It's about a 3-hour museum, and has a cafe and a quite-good gift shop as well. Admission is 1200 ISK (about $9.60, half for seniors) There are also occasional 2-for-1 days, of which today was one. Audioguide is 300 ISK (about $2.40)

 

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