Tonight, the majority of museums across Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík will stay open from 6 PM to midnight, offering free entry for patrons as part of this year’s Winter Lights Festival.

Aiming to cast a spotlight on Icelandic culture and heritage, Museum Night provides locals and visitors alike an opportunity to get in touch with this country’s roots, be it through interesting artefacts and exhibitions, events or guided tours.


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Over 30 museums are participating in this year’s Museum Night, promising a captivating showcase of Iceland throughout the ages. Iceland was first settled in 930 AD and boasts detailed historical records such the ancient Sagas, allowing curators the best chance at transporting us back to a more primitive age.

Guests will be able to visit some of the country’s most renowned collections, from the National Museum of Iceland to quirkier choices, such as the Icelandic Phallological Museum or Árbær Open Air Museum.

As part of the event, many museums will be providing extra entertainment. Take for example the Settlement Exhibition, which will be offering guests the chance to talk with qualified experts about Iceland’s most fascinating artefacts, excavations and discoveries.


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The ICGV Óðinn is the oldest ship in the Icelandic Coast Guard’s fleet. Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit: Kjallakr

The Maritime Museum at Old Harbour will be opening one of their major exhibitions, the Coast Guard ship Óðinn, famous as the oldest ship in Iceland’s fleet, as well as a Virtual Reality experience learning about the 1659 Dutch cargo ship, Melckmeyt, which wrecked nearby to Flatey Island.

Óttarr Proppé, an Icelandic politician and member of rock band HAM, will be providing a short lecture at the Punk Museum of Iceland, and the Saga Museum is offering the chance to meet real life, historically attired Vikings.

Those already mentioned are only a handful of the events on offer tonight. The full program for Museum Night 2019 is found here.


Which exhibitions or events are you planning to visit on Museum Night 2019? In your opinion, which is the most fascinating era of Icelandic history? Make sure to leave your thoughts and answers in the Facebook comments box below.