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National Costume Day at Iceland’s National Museum

Today is the National Costume Day at the National Museum of Iceland. Those who own such a costume are encouraged to visit the museum wearing it and everyone else is also welcome to come and learn more about national costumes.

The national costume of Iceland. Photo taken on Iceland’s Independence Day, June 17, 2007. By Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

Icelandic residents of foreign origin are especially encouraged to wear the national costume of their home country. The event begins at 3 pm and everyone who wears a national costume gets free admission and a special treat at the café.

Karl Aspelund, a PhD student at Boston University, will use this opportunity to gather information for his PhD project on how the modern woman uses the national costume.

The National Costume Day is organized by the National Museum in cooperation with the Handicraft Association of Iceland, the Reykjavík Folk Dance Association, the National Costume Board and the National Costume Center, and these associations and institutions will present their operations at the occasion.

Tomorrow, between 2 and 4 pm, visitors to the National Museum are invited to bring old artifacts with them to have their origin and value analyzed by the museum’s experts. This is the fourth time that the museum’s organizes such an event, entitled “Is There an Antique among Your Possessions?”

On Tuesday, March 10, archeologist Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir will hold a presentation on archeological projects in Iceland and give visitors to the National Museum a guided tour of the exhibition “Reunion,” which begins at 12:05 noon.

Click here to read more about the exhibition.

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