Everyday ephemera jutted up next to squiffy-looking stuffed rodents, this is a great place to delve deeper into Iceland´s history and learn how-on-earth people survived in such challenging conditions all those years ago. One of the most prized possessions here is a stuffed Polar Bear which floated to Iceland on an iceberg in 1969. But to many, what really stands out in this museum is the curation. A result of a collaboration with a group of artists and writers, the display has won an award for the best in Iceland.
A Museum of Many Museums
One of the most interesting pieces of architecture in Húsavík, the museum building was built in the ’60s to house a range of smaller collections within the region. The largest are the anthropological and maritime sections, but there is also a photographic collection and district archive. Aswell as this, on the first floor is a gallery and in the basement you can find the local library. Apparently, if you ask, there´s even a secret beer label collection somewhere. As if this isn´t enough, they also tend to several of the Northeast’s turf house museums – in Grenjaðarstaður and Snartastaðir.
Wi-fi, Coffee and Snoods
Upstairs there is a small shop selling designer products including some pretty impressive looking snoods. Downstairs in the library, there is a wi-fi hotspot and coffee for a donation.
Adults, ISK 800. Senior citizens, ISK 500. Children under 16 go free.
1st June – 31st August, 10 – 18:00 every day.
1st September – 31st May, 10 – 16:00 every weekday.
Grenjaðarstaður and Snartastaðir are only open over the summer.
The Museum is located beneath the pine forest at the back of town. Just head towards the mountain.
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