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“Confusing but Interesting”

The Settlement Exhibition
Ranked #30 of 181 things to do in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: At The Settlement Exhibition in Adalstraeti visitors can experience the settlement of Iceland in late 9th century through two remarkable exhibitions. The Settlement Exhibition revolves around an excavated site, the actual remains of a Viking Age longhouse that have been preserved in situ. The exhibition gives an invaluable insight into the life and times of the first people to inhabit the Reykjavik area and the ways in which they adapted to their new environment. The exhibition is founded on archaeological and other scientific research and introduces visitors to the latest facts and interpretations forwarded by a range of experts who have concentrated on this period of our history. Settlement Sagas comprises some of the nation's most renowned documents, many of them written in the twelfth century but relating events that go back as far as 874 AD, when the first settlers are said to have come to Iceland. Recognised by UNESCO as having outstanding cultural value These two exhibitions hosted by the Reykjavik City Museum afford an unprecedented view into the origins of Icelandic culture. One is based on archaeological findings from the days of the Settlement and the other on manuscripts documenting the same period. This is also the first time Iceland's literary heritage and archaeological history have been placed side by side for the general public. In addition, the preservation of these precious manuscripts is one of the reasons why UNESCO officially designated Reykjavik as a City of Literature in 2011.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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.

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