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Complete list of all museums in Iceland

Typical Icelandic homes in times past can be viewed up close at the folk museum at Skogar in South of Iceland. PIC Saylea

We cannot tell a lie. Few museums in Iceland would ever be considered major in any sense of the word. Even worse, many would not even make the “minor” category in a global context. Then again, in between loads of dirt one can sometimes find a diamond or two.

This is not to belittle the many museums of this country but only the basic view that young countries can hardly have loads to offer in the historic sense. Double that for a young country with population of only three hundred thousands of which ten percent are recent emigrants. And lastly, some places in this beautiful country have hasten to build all kinds of stupid museums to partake in the local tourist gold rush.

But team Total Iceland  is on to this on your behalf and below is a complete list of all museums of this country with a rough description and evaluation. You see, we contend we live in the most fascinating country in the world and no man-made stuff, be it museums or superjeep tours, comes close to excite your senses like our nature. Which, sadly has been deteriorating lately.

 

* Prices correct summer 2015. Opening times vary by season.

REYKJANES PENINSULA
  • Skessan / Reykjanesbaer >> A children´s playground dedicated to an old and worn out troll. $/€ free
  • Duushus / Reykjanesbaer >> An art gallery and a fine boat model show. $/€ free
  • Vikingaheimar / Reykjanesbaer >> A full size replica of a viking vessel. 8$ / 6€
  • Rokkheimar / Reykjanesbaer >> A homemade museum about an Icelandic musician. 8$ / 6€
  • Folk Museum / Gardur >> Small museum depicting life and times in the past. $/€ free
  • Nature Center / Sandgerdi >> Small but nice show dedicated to local animals and nature. 5$ / 3€
  • Kvikan Center / Grindavik >> Home to two good museums about fish and earth energy. 10$ / 8€
  • SOUTHWEST ICELAND
    • Búrfellsstoð / Thjorsardal >> A genuine hydroelectric dam. $/€ free
    • LA Art Museum / Hveragerdi >> Small local art museum $/€ free
    • Arnesing Folk Museum / Eyrarbakka >> Cute museum in one of oldest buildings in Iceland. $/€ free
    • Veidisafnid / Stokkseyri >> Unique in Iceland a museum dedicated to hunting wildlife. 10$ / 8€
    • Geysir Multimedia Museum / Haukadalur >> Natural wonders of Iceland explained. 10$ / 8€
    • Geothermal Energy Exhibition / Hellisheidi >> Just what the name implies. 8$ / 6€
    • The Saga Centre / Hvolsvollur >> The famous sagas explained and showcased. 6$ / 4€
    • Stong / Thjorsardal >> Reconstructed medieval farm. 4$ / 3€
    • Skogar Folk Museum / Skogum >> Depicting life and times in decades past. 10$ / 8€
    • Hekla Exhibition / Hella >> Interesting facts about the queen of Icelandic mountains. 6$ / 4€
    • Surtsey Center / Westman Islands >> Aquarium slash exhibition about the island of Surtsey. 12$ / 10€
    • Sagnheimar / Westman Islands >> Life and times on this volcanic island. 8$ / 6€
    • Iceland Erupts /Hvolsvollur >> Nice small reminder of the power of local volcanoes. 6$/4€
    SOUTHEAST ICELAND
    • Svavarssafn / Hornafjordur >> Art museum dedicated to works of local artist Svavar Gudnason. $/€ free
    • Thorbergssetur / Stadarsveit >> Museum about a famous local writer Thorberg Thordarson. 8$ / 6€
    • Skaftafell Visitor Center / Skaftafell >> Everything about Vatnajokull glacier in one place. $/€ free
    • Rikardssafn / Djupivogur >> Beautiful old building housing works of sculptor Rikhard Jonsson. $/€ free
    • Snaefellsstofa / Skriduklaustur >> All about the Snaefell area of Vatnajokull National Park. $/€ free
    • Skriduklaustur / Skriduklaustur >> Former home of famed writer Gunnar Gunnarsson. 5$ / 3€
    • Seafaring Museum /Eskifjordur >> History of this small fishing community. $/€ free
    • Wartime Museum / Reydarfjordur >> A reminder that Iceland took part in World War II. 4$/2€
    • French Connection / Faskrudsfjordur >> Dedicated to French fishermen. $/€ free
    • Rock Collection / Stodvarfjordur >> A unique and wonderful collection of rocks. 6$ / 4€
    • Folk Museum / Neskaupsstadur >> A local history museum. $/€ free
    • Olafsson Art Gallery /Neskaupsstadur >> Dedicated to artist Tryggvi Olafsson. $/€ free
    • Eastern Cultural Center / Egilsstadir >> Small exhibition gallery. $/€ differs
    • Center for Visual Arts / Seydisfjordur >> Exhibition gallery. $/€ differs
    • Technical Museum / Seydisfjordur >> Interesting artifacts from the past on display here. 8$/6€
    NORTHEAST ICELAND
    • Burstafell Museum / Vopnafjordur >> Yet another museum of old relics. 4$/2€
    • Mulastofa Center / Vopnafjordur >> Small exhibition about favorite sons of town. 4$/2€
    • District Cultural Center / Husavik >> Local lore and stuff in quantities. $/€ free
    • Earthquake Center / Kopasker >> All you wanted to know about quakes in Iceland. $/€ free
    • Bird Museum / Myvatn >> Very extensive collection of local birds. 8$/6€
    • Husavik Whale Museum / Husavik >> Exactly what the name implies. 10$/8€
    • Cultural Center / Husavik >> Local folk museum. 4$/2€
    • Manarbakki Museum / Tjornesi >> Interesting reminder of former times. 4$/2€
    • Transportation Museum / Husavik >> Very good collection of old cars and machines. 8$/6€
    • Aviation Museum / Akureyri >> Very nice place with great collection of older planes. 7$/5€
    • Nonnahus Museum / Akureyri >> Home of the famous local writer Jon Sveinsson or Nonni. 6$/4€
    • Industry Museum / Akureyri >> Another interesting place dedicated to industry in the past. 4$/3€
    • Motorcycle Museum / Akureyri >> Small collection of motorcycles of various types. 8$/6€
    • Akureyri Museum / Akureyri >> Life and times in this capital of the North. 6$/4€
    • Toy Museum / Akureyri >> Small museum but worth a look. 4$/3€
    • Herring Era Museum / Siglufjordur >> The name says it all doesn´t it. 9$/7€
    • Folk Song Museum / Siglufjordur >> Local folk music in broad spectrum here. 9$/7€
    • Icelandic Emigration Center / Hofsos >> Yup, people fled Iceland too in times past. $/€ free
    • Heritage Museum / Skagafjordur >> Old buildings and traditions abound here. 6$/4€
    NORTHWEST ICELAND
    • Kantrisetur / Skagastrond >> Iceland´s only country & western type restaurant and museum. $/€ free
    • Museum of Prophecies / Skagaströnd >> Weird but fun and one of a kind Museum of Prophecies. $/€ differs
    • Textile Museum / Blonduos >> The only such museum in the whole of the country and a nice one. 7$/5€
    • Sea Ice Exhibition Center / Blonduos >> All you wanted to know about sea ice found here. $/€ free
    • Icelandic Seal Center / Hvammstanga >> Ordinary seals and not Navy Seals for show. 5$/3€
    • Westfjords Heritage Museum / Isafjordur >> A look back in time. 6$/4€
    • Arctic Fox Center / Sudavik >> Lovely museum about our lovely unique fox. 7$/5€
    • Museum of Sorcery & Witchcraft / Holmavik >> Iceland´s believe it or not. 6$/4€
    • Osvor Maritime Museum / Bolungarvik >> Small maritime museum worth visiting. $/€ free
    • Crap Museum / Flateyri >> All kinds of ridiculous things on show here and good fun to boost. 4$/2€
    • Natural History Museum / Bolungarvik >> Very small but ok for enthusiasts. 7$/5€
    • Westfjord Folk Museum / Patreksfjordur >> An impressive museum about times past around here. 4$/2€
    • Sea Monster Museum / Bildudalur >> Fun place for all kinds of weird things. 6$/4€
    • Home of the President / Arnarfjordur >> Birthplace of Iceland´s first president. 6$/4€
    • Stykkisholmur Folk Museum / Stykkisholmur >> One of very first two-story buildings in Iceland. 6$/5€
    • Volcano Museum / Stykkisholmur >> Art and objects linked to volcanoes on show. 6$/5€
    • Library of Water / Stykkisholmur >> Impressive art project about the element water. $/€ free
    • Shark Museum / Stykkisholmur >> Details about shark hunting throughout the ages. 5$/4€
    • Snorrastofa Center / Reykholti >> Very nice medieval center. 8$/6€
    • Settlement Centre / Borgarnes >> Life in Iceland from time immorium. $/€ differs
    • Local children / Borgarnes >> Photography exhibition about children in Iceland. 6$/4€
    • Akranes Museum Centre / Akranes >> Folk Museum, art shows and a collection of rocks. 4$/2€
    REYKJAVIK AND SURROUNDINGS

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