Project Description


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.


GPS: 64.1420389,-21.9499303


This museum is an absolute treasure. The artefacts are beautifully displayed with explanations in Icelandic and English. The number and quality of items is staggering and they go back to 800 a.d. and up to the present.

Vivscakes - TripAdvisor

We decided to visit the national museum as our first stop after arriving in Iceland. Showing up on a Sunday morning, it was 2-for-1 admission so a great deal. The museum itself is incredibly well laid out and presents the history of Iceland chronologically. Really interesting. There are free lockers on the lower level for storing bags and coats and special exhibits are on the first floor along with a cafeteria. Museum staff for friendly and helpful and overall we really enjoyed our visit. Great way to learn about a country after arriving.

Smushie - TripAdvisor

Really interesting travel through time – from first settlers to present. Very well arranged by time period with great displays. I really enjoyed it and even as an adult had fun trying on helmets, etc. Lots of interactive things if you have children along.

Hbednarsh - TripAdvisor