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Iceland’s National Relics Preservation Turns 100

By Iceland Review

The National Museum of Iceland will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Relics Preservation today with free admission to the museum. The celebration formally begins at 12 noon with an address from Gudmundur Ólafsson, administrator of antiquities.

Performer Unnur Gudjónsdóttir, who will be wearing the national costume, will then read poems by national poet Jónas Hallgrímsson, whose 200th birthday is also celebrated today.

Faldbúningur, one type of the national costume, similar to what Gudjónsdóttir will be wearing.

Experts from the National Museum will be at the premises between 12 noon and 2 pm to inform guests about the national relics on display and the museum’s ongoing exhibitions.

The National Relics Preservation and the National Museum became connected with a law from 1907, stating that antiquities should be preserved and administrated by an antiquary. Matthías Thórdarson became the museum’s first antiquary in early 1908.

The above images are of an alterpiece, the national cosumte and a photograph which belong to the National Relics Preservation. Courtesy of the National Museum.

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