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“Confusing but Interesting”

The Settlement Exhibition
Ranked #30 of 187 things to do in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Settlement Exhibition - Step into the Viking Age. An open excavation where Viking ruins meet digital technology. Just below ground in downtown Reykjavik, this open excavation uncovers the city's Viking Age history. Discovered during building work, then carefully excavated, these remnants of the past are the earliest evidence of human settlement in the city. Family friendly, including a children's activity area, this multimedia exhibition uses creative technology to immerse you in the Viking Age. Open daily 09:00-18:00 (9 am - 6 pm). Guided tours in summer on weekdays at 11:00. Address: Tryggvagata 15, 101 Reykjavik Admission for adults in 2018 is 1,650 ISK. Free admission for children, 67+ & disabled people. The Settlement Exhibition is part of Reykjavik City Museum: One museum in five unique places. Welcome!
Reviewed 3 May 2018

I really enjoyed this museum but is was laid out in such a confusing manner that I had to got through it twice. Still it was worthwhile. Would have helped to read some of the sagas first.

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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Very informative, well displayed, an excellent way to learn about the history of Reykjavik. It made our stay in Reykjavik more enjoyable.

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Reviewed 26 April 2018

This museum is small when compared to American and European standards but very typical for Icelandic museums. They had an original archeological site which was very cool- right under the streets of Reykjavik. The exhibit was interactive in parts so it would be interesting for kids and, lets be honest, adults too. Worth a stop if you are interested in the history of the settlement of Reykjavik.

Thank Analise O
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Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

A bit small and unassuming but it definitely did not disappoint. Fantastic exhibit. You can take 30 minutes in here or over 3 hours if you want to. It just depends on how interested you are in seeing/reading all the displays. I stayed and read everything and used all the interactive devices on offer and it took me about 3.5 hours. It is well laid out with a large excavated “long-house” in the middle of the room. It gives a great history of how Iceland was inhabited.

Thank ANDY C
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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Small museum created/surrounding the oldest known settlement excavated in Reykjavik to date. Touch screens/buttons to interact with various sections in both Icelandic and English. If your child is a young archaeologist at heart, should be of interest for them too.

Thank Danita_Browne
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