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East Iceland Heritage Museum (Minjasafn Austurlands)

Laufskogar 1, Egilsstadir 700, Iceland
+354 471 1412
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Wonderful little museum

Definitely worth a stop. If you have been looking at the forbidding terrain and the sometimes... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2018
Lorraine B
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Awesome little museum

This turned out to be a highlight for us on our visit. It shows so much information about the life... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2017
JSabs11
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The East Iceland Heritage Museum was founded in 1943 and since then its aims has been to preserve the history of East Iceland by collecting and preserving things that reflect the society, culture and everyday life of people in the area. The museum has two permanent exhibitions, one about the reindeer in East Iceland and one about the old rural household in the region. The focus of the reindeer exhibition is on the nature, characteristics and survival of the reindeer's as well as hunting and how reindeer products have contributed to a creative development of fashion design and handcraft. In the other exhibition, items that belong to the history of the old rural community in east Iceland as it was until the mid-20th century are on display. Most of the items relate to their practical role in everyday life while other objects bear witness to that life was not only about basic survival but also about making beautiful things for decoration and pleasure. The museum also has diverse temporary exhibitions through the year.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Laufskogar 1, Egilsstadir 700, Iceland
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+354 471 1412
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Definitely worth a stop. If you have been looking at the forbidding terrain and the sometimes desolate scenery and wondering" how did people survive here 75 years ago?" This museum is for you. There is a old turf house that has been moved there and...More

Thank Lorraine B
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Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

This turned out to be a highlight for us on our visit. It shows so much information about the life of the people of Iceland that would be easy to skip or miss when touring the country. The turf house in the museum followed up...More

Thank JSabs11
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

We were the only visitors at the museum when we toured so we could take our time. Many beautiful items that have amazing needlework. The displays really told the story of life in the mid-nineteenth century. Worth a stop and see....

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Reviewed 21 August 2016

Small though interesting display of farm life at the beginning of the 20th century and on biology and behaviour of the reindeer.

Thank Marc S
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

This is a well-maintained turf house of a very prosperous mid-nineteenth-century farming family. A knowledgeable guide took our group through many of the fully furnished rooms, from the bunk room and master bedroom to kitchen and affiliated areas are. Rather weird lunch room.

Thank SusanJ13
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Reviewed 30 August 2005

The museum holds mostly household items, many beautifully crafted in old Icelandic style. A salvaged homestead interior has been built inside the museum, with beds, furniture etc . The director, the young and talented Rannveig Thorhallsdottir, speaks good english and gives a fascinating account of...More

5  Thank ArchaeoEngland
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