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  • Entrance to the Skógar Museum.- Skógar Museum
  • Views of the several buildings that make up the Skógar Museum from the platform at Skógafoss. The museum contains three museum sections: a folk section, an open-air section, and a technical section.- Skógar Museum
  • Numerous turf houses from around the region have been relocated to the museum, where visitors are welcome to go inside the buildings and view them.- Skógar Museum
  • The museum has several historic buildings, including an estate home constructed of driftwood and the planks of a shipwreck and a church made up of historical pieces dating around the year 1600. Museum visitors are welcome to enter both.- Skógar Museum
  • The interior of a schoolhouse built in 1901.- Skógar Museum
  • The mid-nineteenth century fishing boat, Pétursey, once sailed with a crew of 17 off the south coast of Iceland before anchoring the Skógar Museum's maritime history section.- Skógar Museum
  • The Transport Museum building, opened in 2002, contains displays relating to the history of transport, communications, and technology.- Skógar Museum
  • Historic busts lie inside the Skógar Museum halls.- Skógar Museum
  • Historic vehicles and an extensive collection spanning the past of technological devices and machinery make up some of the museum's 15,000+ artifacts.- Skógar Museum
  • The museum houses a cafe and souvenir shop inside the Transport Building.- Skógar Museum
  • Sculptures and power plant buildings sit on the museum grounds.- Skógar Museum
  • A thorough collection of Icelandic mammal, reptile, aviary, arachnid, and insect specimens are on display in standing and shelved glass cases in the museum.- Skógar Museum
  • The museum was started by Þórður Tómasson, and continues growing today.- Skógar Museum
  • One of the more interesting items in the collection at the Skógar Museum. - Skógar Museum
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Pros: 
Extensive collection of local and historical artifacts.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Other,
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Skógar Museum, located in the quaint Southern Iceland town of Skógar, houses an extensive collection of over 15,000 items and artifacts belonging and relating to the cultural, natural, and technological history of Iceland.

Housed in three distinct sections—the Folk Museum, the Open Air Museum, and the Technical Museum inside the Transport Museum—the museum has been a hub of local and Icelandic historical items and structures since it was originally opened in 1949.

The Folk Museum contains an extensive collection of artifacts relating to Icelandic fisheries, agriculture, furnishings and handicrafts, and natural history. Notable pieces include the Péturséy fishing boat, a boat crewed by 17 men who sailed from the harborless waters of Southern Iceland, as well as a large collection of Icelandic mammal, insect, bird, reptile, and arachnid specimens held in glass cases and drawers that visitors are invited to explore.

The Open Air Museum contains several historic structures that have been moved to the museum grounds that span styles and centuries in Iceland. Visitors are welcome to go inside turf houses, a schoolhouse dating to the early 1900s, an estate home constructed of driftwood and planks from a shipwreck, and a church that contains pieces from as long ago as the 1600s. Sculptures and small-scale powerhouse structures also sit on the grounds.

The Transport Museum, opened in 2002, contains a dizzying amount of pieces relating to Icelandic transport, communication, and technology, including collections grouped by relation to use, such as skiing, search and rescue, restored vehicles, power generation, and radio communication.

The sheer amount of artifacts contained throughout the museum grounds display the work of a thorough collection curator, and visitors will be struck by numerous pieces that dive deep into their given subject matter rather than simply skimming the surface.

The museum also has a cafe and souvenir shop, located inside the Transport Museum. 

Guided tours are available in multiple languages by reservation.

Additional information including hours, admission prices, and online tickets can be found at www.skogasafn.is.

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