The National Museum will leave your fully enlightened about the making of the Icelandic nation and its history. It is located next to the campus of the University of Iceland, in a large house with a cozy café and a rotating exhibition on the first floor.
The museum was established in 1863 and moved to its current location in 1944, the same year Iceland became an independent nation. One of the most significant and valuable figurines found from the Viking age is a small statue of either Thor or Jesus Christ, no one is quite sure, but it is the first display you see when entering the museum.
The museum offers a variety of interesting exhibitions and one permanent display demonstrating the story of Iceland’s past, from the medieval days of the Viking settlements to current contemporary culture. The main exhibition has over 2000 artifacts that were discovered in various parts of the country, art and crafts, tools and furniture, religious artifact and archeological remains, to name a few. It is primarily organized chronologically and includes displays from as late as the mid 20th century.