National Museum of Iceland

Þjóðminjasafn Íslands

National Museum of Iceland, Suðurgata 41, Reykjavik, 101
Admission: ISK 1200

Opening Times

Monday: 1000 - 1700
Tuesday: 1000 - 1700
Wednesday: 1000 - 1700
Thursday: 1000 - 1700
Friday: 1000 - 1700
Saturday: 1000 - 1700
Sunday: 1000 - 1700
In winter : open tuesday - sunday 11-17. Closed on mondays. Closed on Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day.
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  • Vikings swords
    © National Museum Iceland
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The National Museum of Iceland’s permanent exhibition, Making of a Nation - Heritage and History in Iceland, is intended to provide insight into the history of the Icelandic nation from the Settlement to the present day.

The aim is to cast light on the Icelanders’ past by placing the cultural heritage preserved by the National Museum in a historical context, guided by the question: What makes a nation?

The exhibition includes about 2,000 objects, dating from the Settlement Age to the present, as well as about 1,000 photographs from the 20th century.

The exhibition is conceived as a journey through time: it begins with the ship in which medieval settlers crossed the ocean to their new home, it ends in a modern airport, the Icelanders’ gateway to the world.

Past exhibitions at National Museum of Iceland - now closed:
Houses in the Town 17th Jan 2015 - 17th May 2015
Icelandic silverwork 24th Feb 2014 - 31st Dec 2014
On a wayless sea 14th Feb 2015 - 10th May 2015
Sigfus Eymundsson photographer- A Pioneer of Icelandic Photography 8th Jun 2013 - 31st Jan 2014
Snapshots of a Moment: The Photography of Þorsteinn Jósepsson 14th Jun 2014 - 31st Dec 2014
Sodium Sun Photographs of streetlights in Iceland by Stuart Richardson 14th Jun 2014 - 31st Dec 2014
Who, Where? What? 17th Jan 2015 - 17th May 2015