Saga Museum, Reykjavik

3.6
#5 of 85 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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  • This museum is a real immersion in Icelandic history and taste of Icelanders to stories and legends. The audioguides in most languages allow you to stroll in historical scenes (or captions) Icelandic. The length of comments is snug and we never get bored. At the output we can try different equipment (helmets, dresses,...) to get completely in the mood.
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  • Here you could experience in 45 minutes a wonderful survey of the peope who came to Iceland or who were special people when they lived at their time. You had the persons to look at but also you could ...  more »
  • Loved the walk around the life like models with a great headset commentary. The museum has a great area that you can dress up as a Viking with all the gear, swords, helmets ect. My girls also enjoyed ...  more »
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  • Reykjavik has many great museums, but Saga Museum, which is privately owned, has a bit more punch. Instead of displays full of Viking artifacts with text next to it, the Saga museum takes you though some of the more interesting parts of Icelandic Sagas. These stories come alive with life-like models and an audio tour. The details are great, the turf house is made from real turf. You can actually pick up and handle the blacksmith's tools, you could never do this in an American museum. Some parts of the museum may not be suitable for young children. There is Viking warfare and witch burnings. The models are amazing and there is a video near the gift the shop that shows how they are made. But the earphones are cheap and uncomfortable.
  • Quiet, dark, and close the museum offers hyper realistic wax work dioramas of some of Iceland's major historical players. From the first timber tossed ashore to the exploration of Greenland the Saga museum will have you wanting to learn more. Treat yourself to the audio commentary offered by the front desk, and take a glossy tour book too. Well worth the visit. Thank you, Saga Museum.
  • Excellent story told here with full size models of the viking saga. Also great dress up area but beware of the weight of the chain mail vests! Had a great hour and half here and lots of photos to take away !
  • Wish there was more too this museum. You get an audio guide and walk through some recreations of Iceland history (interesting stuff!) but it could use more authentic exhibits.
  • Expensive for what it is. Its a walk round waxwork presentation of the viking saga stories that relate to Iceland. The full tour, which progresses at the pace of the audio guide, takes maybe 35 mins. Interesting, but I prefer to progress at my own pace, and I'd have liked more to read. We did learn a lot there, and there's a good little restaurant attached and the gift shop has some of the better bespoke jewellery I saw on my trip.

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