This year’s Icelandic Museums Day will be held on Sunday July 8.
The National Museum. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Many museums will offer free admission, including the National Museum of Iceland, with the aim of introducing the Icelandic collections to the public.
Guided tours of the exhibition “Þjóð verður til – Menning og samfélag í 1200 ár” (“The Making of a Nation – Heritage and History in Iceland”) will be offered in English and Icelandic at 11 am and 2 pm respectively.
The permanent exhibition provides insight into the history of the Icelandic nation from Settlement to the present day. The aim is to cast light on Icelanders’ past by placing the cultural heritage preserved by the National Museum in a historical context, guided by the question: “What makes a nation?”, according to the museum’s website.
The exhibition includes around 2,000 objects from the Settlement Age to the present, as well as 1,000 photographs from the 20th century.
Other exhibitions at the museum include “Advent in the Highlands”, which features photographs by Sigurjón Pétursson, taken during the winter of 2010-2011 in the highlands east of Mývatn in northeast Iceland.
A full program of events and exhibitions are scheduled at museum’s around the country.