Museum of Hafnarfjörður

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Vesturgata 8, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

Museum of Hafnarfjörður Reviews

vances vances
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Lots of Icelandic (and other) stuff Aug 25, 2014
The Museum of Hafnarfjörður is comprised of six separate buildings and a shore walk. Our visit was limited to Pakkhúsið, a three story blue building (formerly a warehouse) which houses permanent collections focusing on the town’s history as well as children’s toys (why I have no idea?). Temporary exhibits rotate through during the year.

Pakkhúsið houses an enormous collection, much of which is silly and mystifying. That said, there is the occasional nugget that is well presented and offered great insight into Hafnarfjörður’s legacy. Alas, more typical was the childish attempt to recreate a Viking fort, complete with green plastic carpeting to mimic sod rooftops and populated by plastic toy Vikings.

As lame as that exhibit was, what flew off the scales of any lame-o-meter was three display cases crammed full of old cameras. Perhaps Hafnarfjörður was home to a camera manufacturing facility or one of its inhabitants invented a vital component of photographic technology? Perish the thought. One of the cases had a card inscribed “Many pictures have been taken in Hafnarfjörður”!!!

Hafnarfjörður was a bigger port than Reykjavik for many years so a lot of the exhibits focused upon fishing and most of these were informative and tasteful. On the whole, there is just a ton of stuff in here and we were relieved it was free.
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Old-timey outfits at Hafnarfjörð…
Ridiculous "Viking Fort" exhibit..…
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rsvpme says:
I love the sense of humor..." a lot of pics taken "....:)
Posted on: Oct 18, 2014
cotton_foam says:
well, at least you've got a "toy" story to tell, Vance! :))
Posted on: Oct 12, 2014
Zagnut66 says:
They must put on display whatever is donated by the locals. But if it's free, it's all fun.
Posted on: Oct 11, 2014
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