Visit around the most popular museums in Reykjavik


Visit around the most popular museums in Reykjavik

Reykjavik is considered to be one of the most-visited historical destinations in Iceland. Besides so many interesting attractions to discover, the city is also home to numerous famous museums. Let's check them out!

The Phallological Museum

The Icelandic Phallological Museum, also known as the "Penis" Museum, attracts a lot of visitors to come because the treasures of unique artifacts, displaying all kinds of "penises". The museum was founded in 1997 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

According to statistics, the museum's artifacts include penis parts of 93 different animal species, 17 species of whales, seven marine species, and so on. The objects in the museum are almost donated from hunters, fishermen and biologists.

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The Phallological Museum - the largest collection of penises in the world

The site is considered "the largest collection of penises in the world". Coming to the famous museum in Iceland, visitors will have the opportunity to thoroughly explore the genitals special. Thereby, more abundant knowledge of gender is gained for themselves.

  • Location: Laugavegur 116, 105 Reykjavík
  • Open: 11-18 hours daily. Entrance fee is 1,000 IKR.

Vikin Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum was established with the purpose of portraying the glory maritime history of Iceland throughout the centuries. The seafaring heritage of the country illustrates the importance of the fishing industry in Iceland's history and survival.

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The Vikin Maritime Museum was built to portray the maritime history of Viking ages

Once entering the must-see museum in Iceland, you must be surprised by a lot of works, from rowing boats to modern ships. In addition, you can also have a chance to visit the Coast Guard vessel Óðinn, a historic boat surviving through 3 wars against England, but now constantly moored at the pier.

Situated at the renovated area of the Harbour of Reykjavík, this site can be easily accessible from the center. There are also coffee shops, restaurants, bars and art galleries around the museum for visitors to stop by.

  • Location: Grandagarður 8, 101 Reykjavík
  • Open: daily from 10 am - 5 pm

Whales of Iceland

Located nearby the Viskin Maritime Museum, The Whales of Iceland museum*has been famous for large exhibitions about whales.

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Whales of Iceland is such a great place for those loving giant whales

The display exhibits more than 20 whales' life-size models hanging from the ceiling. Some can be listed as a killer whale, a blue whale, a bowhead whale, a humpback whale and many more. The significant point of this museum is that you can join in a guided audio tour around the exhibit by downloading an app developed by the museum. Through the tour, you will learn a lot of interesting things about whales as well as the history of the famous museum in Iceland.

  • Location: Fiskislóð 23-25, 101 Reykjavík
  • Open: daily from 10 am - 5 pm

The Saga Museum

The Saga Museum, also called the Viking Museum, has been re-enacting key stages in the Icelandic history by wax figures telling of Iceland's past important moment. The museum is also famous for its unique location in a natural hot water storage facility to heat Reykjavik.

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The Saga Museum was created based on the Viking Sagas

The wax models were made based on the details extracted from the Viking Sagas and the traces of the ancient Vikings as traditional clothes, daily object and weapon, all have been used to reconstitute truthfully the Viking's historical moments.

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The wax figures are handled carefully

When visiting the museum, you can join in a guided audio tour to have the best experiences, and there are 7 available languages for you to select: French, Icelandic, Russian, English, German, Swedish and Spanish.

  • Location: Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík
  • Open: daily from 10 am - 6 pm

The Settlement Exhibition - Landnámssýningin

If you want to learn more about the life of ancient Vikings, the Settlement Exhibition will be a great choice. The museum was built after archaeologists discovered ancient traces of the Viking settlement in Iceland around the 870s.

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The Settlement Exhibition is the place for those who are keen on the history of the Vikings

The most prominent vestiges can be listed as an old house and a collection of artworks which will give you a panoramic view of life at that time. Displaying and organizing objects are also plus points of the famous museum in Iceland.

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The Exhibition shop inside the museum

  • Location: Aðalstræti 16, 101 Reykjavík
  • Open: daily from 9 am - 6 pm


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