The Árnessýsla Heritage Museum comprises several museums, including one of the oldest structures in Iceland, the House of Eyrarbakki, and the Maritime Museum. Located just 37 miles (60 kilometers) from Reykjavik, these museums are located in the seaside village of Eyrarbakki, once the commercial center of Iceland for many years.
The House of Eyrabakki was established in 1765 when it was transported to Iceland in kit form. At a time when most Icelandic houses were made of turf, “the House” as it is commonly known, was the only wooden house in town. Also known as the Merchants House, it was an important center of culture and commerce in Iceland’s history. Today it houses exhibits from the 18th and 19th centuries, including exhibits on travelers to North America.
The Maritime Museum tells the story of the fisherman and shipbuilders who contributed so much to Iceland’s development. Located in the center of the museum is the ship, Farsæll, built in the early 1900s.
Admission to one gains visitors access to all the museums. For those who want to take a break from Iceland’s many outdoor activities, this is a very well-curated and preserved picture of Iceland’s past.
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There is free parking out front.