From mire to metal
  • 30.4.2022 - 29.1.2023 The Corner - National Museum of Iceland

In the past, iron smelting from bog iron was performed in Iceland. The use of metallurgical furnaces called bloomeries were used to smelt iron throughout the Middle Ages. Thereafter the practice steadily declined until it was completely abandoned in the 17th or 18th century. The knowledge of this ancient craftmanship has since been forgotten to time, leaving numerous questions about the bloomery process unanswered.

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Ljósmynd: Sviðsett nálgun Kirstine Lund á portrettljósmyndun sést með skýrum hætti hér á mynd hennar af Petru dóttur sinni og vinkonu hennar, um 1900. Ljósmynd: Skjalasafn, Sögusafnið í Vendsyssel.

In the shadow
  • 21.5.2022 - 4.9.2022 The Photo Gallery - National Museum of Iceland

Women pioneers of photography are spotlighted in an exhibition that opens on 21 May in the Photography Hall at the National Museum of Iceland. The exhibition In the shadow gives prominence to ten women photographers in Denmark, Iceland and on the Faroe Islands of the later 19th century.

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Ljósmynd: Sjálfsmynd af Nicoline Weywadt

Nicoline Weywadt
  • 21.5.2022 - 4.9.2022 The Wall - National Museum of Iceland

In connection to the touring exhibition In the shadow, a special exhibition on the first Icelandic female photographer, Nicoline Weywadt, will be launched at the Wall on the ground floor of the National Museum of Iceland. On display are a few of her photographs as well as a blueprint of her photographic studio that she built at the farm of Teigarhorn in East-Iceland.

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Saga of Hofstaðir, Unearthing the Past in North Iceland
  • 22.02.2020 - 2.10.2022 The Arc Hall - National Museum of Iceland

At Hofstaðir in the district of Lake Mývatn, north Iceland, extensive archaeological excavations have been carried out over the past three decades. The site includes remains from the Viking Age to the 20th century. A huge Viking-Age structure was excavated: a hall or longhouse where people gathered on social occasions, with other smaller buildings around it. The hall is one of the largest structures ever excavated in Iceland. In addition, a churchyard was excavated at Hofstaðir, which is one of the oldest churchyards unearthed in Iceland. Whole families were laid to rest in the cemetery, and their bones yield evidence about their lives. The face of one of the women buried at Hofstaðir has been reconstructed using DNA technology, and a drawing of her is included in the exhibition.

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A Rainbow Thread
  • The National Museum of Iceland

The Rainbow Guide is a queer guide to The National Museum of Iceland's permanent exhibition, Making of a Nation – Heritage and History in Iceland. It deals with queer history in Iceland. The term queer refers to sex, gender and sexuality that don't coincide with the traditions and customs of a particular time period, including people who would today be called trans, intersex, non-binary, or homo-, bi-, pan- or asexual. The Rainbow Guide is created by The National Museum of Iceland and Samtökin ‘78, The National Queer Organization of Iceland, to mark Samtökin's 40 year anniversary.

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Welcome to the Family Room!
  • The National Museum of Iceland

The Family Room is for families, school groups, and other visitors to the Museum. It is an adaptable space that can be changed from a lounge to a classroom or a laboratory as required. 

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