Temporary Exhibitions

A Rainbow Thread

  • A queer guide to The National Museum of Iceland's permanent exhibition. 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.

A pamphlet and an audio guide in English and Icelandic takes museum guests through the exhibition and sheds a light on various queer sides of Icelandic history and nationality. The goal with The Rainbow Guide is to distribute information about queer lives in Icelandic history, inform visitors of how ideas and conceptions of sex, gender and sexuality change over time, and ultimately to ask questions, think about what is left unsaid and encourage critical thinking.