Saga Museum, Reykjavik

3.6
#5 of 123 in Museums in Iceland
Experience centuries of Viking history at Saga Museum. The museum uses information from past Viking narratives to make sure its 17 exhibits recreate the timeline of Viking history in the most authentic way possible. Start with the Papar exhibit to learn about the first inhabitants of Iceland. Make your way to the Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði exhibit to learn about Iceland's conversion to Christianity. End with the Jón Arason exhibit, which teaches all you need to know about the Reformation. You'll receive an audio guide upon entering, which will explain the pieces throughout the museum. To visit Saga Museum on your trip to Reykjavik, use our Reykjavik day trip planner.
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  • The displays aren't exactly lifelike and you'll breeze through it in less than an hour but there's a lot to learn about and the museum does an adequate job teaching it.  more »
  • If you're in Reykjavik for a short amount of time, this is one you could probably skip. Don't get me wrong, it's a unique museum with some beautiful crafted figures and displays but for what you exper...  more »
  • breif history of iceland thats worth visiting. A bit expensive for what it is as not a very lengthy experiences  more »
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  • I wish I had gone to the Saga Museum at the start of my Iceland trip, as it would have set up a great foundation for the tours and other exhibitions we saw. In the span of 35-45 minutes, you walk through a "haunted-house-type" setup - the figures are superbly life-like and the placards provide historical information. The audioguide that is included as part of entrance fee plays automatically as you walk through (but slightly off-time at some points). Positive: tons of history; there's a cool film about how the museum was created, and the best part of all was the dress up room with real/heavy weapons and clothing like chain mail Negative: if you have already done many tours/museums in Iceland, the content will be old news here; there is no information/presentation on written/oral sagas here Tips: there is a discount with a Reykjavik City Card and also discount for students; prepare to spend about 1-1.5 hrs here
  • Cool little walk through museum with an audio guide. Only took about 25 minutes to walk through, but it was a little boring. The displays were super realistic and not too cheesy. My wife enjoyed dressing up in Viking attire after the tour.
  • Fairly small museum with an audio guide. It covers the sagas in only a little more depth than the other museums I'd seen, which was a bit disappointing. The models are probably more interesting for kids/families though!
  • The history told in the saga museum is interesting but it consists of an audio guide which goes for about 35 minutes. For the price I would expect a little bit more. There surely is a lot more interesting stuff in the Saga of Iceland.
  • Loved this visit. Brilliant life-like displays. Sounds and Smells of times gone by. Dress up. Shop. Restaurant.
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