The Culture House (Safnahusid) Husavik Reviews
Interesting Cultural & Nautical Museum May 18, 2012
There are 3 parts to this cultural centre: A local cultural museum, nautical museum and an art gallery; all housed in the same building. The local library is also located here. The entry fee was 600ISK (though I paid 400ISK as I got a discount voucher from visiting the Husavik Whale Museum that day too).
There are interesting artifacts (clothing, household items, tools, photos, etc.) from local settlers, explorers and farmers and interactive displays too in the cultural area. The taxidermed polar bear (one of the last seen in Iceland) and sea lion were good, and there were also stuffed birds, foxes and other local animals too. The displays also have a bit of a sense of humour as they have some amusing quotes and details about some of the locals' lives from back in the day. Info here was in Icelandic and English.
The nautical part of the museum was really good too with boats, stuffed fish, period weapons and sea-related stuff on display indoors. (This was my favorite part). Info in the nautical part of the centre were in Icelandic only, sadly. There were also some boats outdoors on the property, but were mostly tarped over for the winter so I didn't check them out. I didn't go to the art gallery at all, as I wasn't so interested frankly.
In any case, I thought it was definitely worth the entry fee, had a good time, learned a bit, and felt it was about an hour of well-spent time in Husavik. It was about a 5 minute walk from the harbour and street signs point the way.
Part of the Around The Ring - Iceland travel blog
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