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Kindergarten
Sjóminjasafnið: Sjómennska í gamla daga
Reykjavík Maritime Museum 5‒6 year-olds

Seafaring in the olden days (available through November)

What was it like going out to sea in the olden days? Find out during a visit to the Maritime Museum where we'll stroll through the main exhibition, check out the clothes worn by fishermen and have a look at typical seafarers' sleeping quarters. There may even be time for a story at the end of the visit!

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Teiknað á hafsbotni
Reykjavík Maritime Museum 5‒6 year-olds

The ship that sank! (from January 2018)

During this visit, we examine artefacts salvaged from the wreckage of the Dutch ship Melkmeid which sank near Flatey Island in Breiðafjörður in the year 1659. We'll also be actively exploring archaeological practices and techniques.

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Ljósmynd af dreng á sýningunni Dýrin leyndardómar landnámsins
The Settlement Exhibition 5‒6 year-olds

Learn about the Viking animals!

On this visit, children will learn all about the first settlers of Iceland and the different animals they brought with them from abroad. They'll also discover how the animals were cared for and taught some animal-related games.

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Árbæjarsafn: Föturnar hans Friðriks
Arbaer Open Air Museum Leisure activities

Fun & games

We provide educational games for groups who want to enjoy outdoor activities in a distinctive setting. Three games are available which are suitable for children of different ages: Colours and Shapes for 5‒9 year-olds; Fridrik's Buckets, for 6‒13 year-olds, and Life Without Mobile Phones, for 10‒13 year-olds. Please note that the games can be easily customized for both young people and adults.

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Árbæjarsafn: Senn koma jólin
Árbæjarsafn 5‒6 year-olds

Christmas is coming! (from 27. Nov to 22. Dec) – special offer on coach trips!

Discover what Christmas was like for children in the olden days! The Icelandic Yule Lads and traditional Yuletide celebrations will be the theme for visitors this December. Preparations for Christmas will be in full swing soon. Bookings available from 1. October.

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Árbæjarsafn: Komdu að leika!
Árbæjarsafn 4–6 year-olds

Come and Play!

What do sheep bones, seashells and Baby-born dolls all have in common? Find out at a presentation of the history of play facilities and toys during various periods of the twentieth century – from the year 1900 to the present day. Please make sure to book our dining facilities in advance if you are bringing packed lunches.

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Elementary School
Sagan grafin upp: Jarðvegsskráning
The Settlement Exhibition 10‒13 year-olds

History unearthed – workbook!

How do you identify objects of archaeological importance and what do they reveal about the past? Here we'll explore the exciting world of archaeology and discover what happens when history objects are unearthed. We will be working with historic artefacts and learning all about archaeological research methods.

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Tvær stúlkur á Landnámssýningunni
The Settlement Exhibition 13‒16 year-olds

Where did the Icelanders come from?

According to research, Iceland was originally settled by immigrants. But where did the settlers come from? Were they all Norwegian heathens or were some of them from different cultures? During this visit, we'll be talking about religion, slavery, culture and the attitudes of people during the Viking Age.

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Landnámssýningin
The Settlement Exhibition 9‒12 year-olds

Sailing to Iceland

Throughout the Age of Settlement, Nordic people emigrated to Iceland in order to start a new life. The journey across the sea was neither easy or without danger. During this visit, the preparation and undertaking of voyages to Iceland is addressed.

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Skólahópur á Landnámssýningunni: Margmiðlunarborð
The Settlement Exhibition 6‒9 year-olds

Life during the Age of Settlement

What do we know about the life and work of people during the settlement age? During this visit, students will learn about the settlement of Reykjavík and Iceland. By examining excavated artefacts such as tools, ornaments, leftover food specimens, and even a complete dwelling, we get a better understanding of what life was like a thousand years ago.

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Árbæjarsafn ® Roman Gerasymenko
Arbaer Open Air Museum 13‒16 year-olds

Women & their avocations - special offer on coach trips for secondary schools

Why did women choose to be herbalists, language teachers or authors of short stories in their spare time? Students explore this question by trying out some of the various jobs women carried out in the years between 1900‒1970, and also by locating objects that match the activities featured in the Hjáverkin exhibition. The Kynungabók textbook [information for young people on equal rights] is ideal support material for this visit.

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Árbæjarsafn: Föturnar hans Friðriks
Arbaer Open Air Museum Leisure activities

Fun & games

We provide educational games for groups who want to enjoy outdoor activities in a distinctive setting. Three games are available which are suitable for children of different ages: Colours and Shapes for 5‒9 year-olds; Fridrik's Buckets, for 6‒13 year-olds, and Life Without Mobile Phones, for 10‒13 year-olds. Please note that the games can be easily customized for both young people and adults.

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Árbæjarsafn - Neyzlan
Arbaer Open Air Museum 12‒16 year-olds

Consumer Patterns – special offer on coach trips!

The NeyZlan exhibition sheds light on the rapid changes in consumption patterns in the 20th century. The aim of the visit is to focus on the individual consumption, waste and effects of man on the environment. Students work together on a group project promoting creative and critical thinking in a relaxed environment.

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® Roman Gerasymenko
Arbaer Open Air Museum 8‒10 year-olds

Work to do!

Available as a field trip for those using the Komdu og skoðaðu íslenska þjóðhætti school book, this curriculum-based activity was designed to introduce students to what life was like in the old farming and fishing communities of Reykjavík. Students can engage in some seasonal work - inside or outdoors - such as hand-combing wool, sweeping, gathering firewood or water carrying.

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Árbæjarsafn: Að þreyja þorrann
Arbaer Open Air Museum 5‒8 year-olds

Getting through the winter (from 19. Jan to 19. Feb)

Join us at the Árbær museum learning centre where we'll be talking about the peculiar food of Þorri. We'll also be looking at some antique cooking utensils and finding out how people used to deal with the darkness and cold of winter before heating, electricity and other creature comforts were available.

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©Borgarsögusafn Reykjavíkur
Arbaer Open Air Museum 10-13 year-olds

Christmas Eve 1959 (from 27. Nov to 22. Dec) – special offer on coach trips!

Fun times ahead for visitors during the run-up to Christmas who will get to learn all about Christmas and Yuletide traditions from over half a century ago. We'll be decorating the Christmas tree and opening presents as if it were the year 1959. Bookings available from 1. Oct.

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High school
Landnámssýningin
The Settlement Exhibition

Older Students

College and university students are invited to make good use of our museum exhibitions for their projects, either independently or with guidance from a museum instructor. We encourage college and university teachers to make use of our versatile museum facilities. Please contact the museum education team ahead of your visit for bookings and administration.

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©Jack Latham
Reykjavík Museum of Photography Colleges Universities
16.09.2017 - 09:00 to 14.01.2018 - 15:00

Can memories be false? (16. Sept. 2017 – 14. Jan. 2018)

The Jack Latham – Sugar Paper Theories exhibition is based on the case of Guðmundur and Geirfinnur, one of Iceland's most controversial murder investigations. It attempts to address the notion of Memory Distrust Syndrome. British photographer, Jack Latham, worked on this project in collaboration with various parties connected to the case including defendants, informants, case experts and authors of conspiracy theories. The exhibition is a great opportunity to learn more on the case and also find out how photographers go about approaching complex and sensitive subjects.

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©Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur
Reykjavík Museum of Photography Suitable for ages 13‒16+

Photography and the past in focus

Students are invited to learn about the value of photography and important preservation techniques used by the museum of photography. The museum boasts a collection of around six million photographs taken from 1869 to 2014. Students will be given a comparative project to work on after the visit where they can observe the changes made in Reykjavík city centre over the years.

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Sjókonur
Reykjavík Maritime Museum

Older students

We encourage college and university students to make use of the museum's exhibitions for various projects. Guided tours of both museum exhibits and the coastguard vessel can also be booked.

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Árbæjarsafn ® Roman Gerasymenko
Colleges

LÍKN-HOUSE - A multi-purpose educational centre for seminars and college exhibitions.

The newly refurbished LÍKN-house caters for various classes and student exhibitions in collaboration with schools and other museum-related parties. There's also an exhibition on the history of photography. Teachers are welcome to contact the museum's learning team to discuss how the facilities can be utilized.

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Árbæjarsafn ® Roman Gerasymenko
Arbaer Open Air Museum 13‒16 year-olds

Women & their avocations - special offer on coach trips for secondary schools

Why did women choose to be herbalists, language teachers or authors of short stories in their spare time? Students explore this question by trying out some of the various jobs women carried out in the years between 1900‒1970, and also by locating objects that match the activities featured in the Hjáverkin exhibition. The Kynungabók textbook [information for young people on equal rights] is ideal support material for this visit.

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University
Landnámssýningin
The Settlement Exhibition

Older Students

College and university students are invited to make good use of our museum exhibitions for their projects, either independently or with guidance from a museum instructor. We encourage college and university teachers to make use of our versatile museum facilities. Please contact the museum education team ahead of your visit for bookings and administration.

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Hjáverkin
Árbær Open Air Museum

Older Students

Students are invited to make good use of the museum's collections and exhibitions for their projects, either independently or with guidance from a museum instructor. Teachers are also welcome to make use of the facilities which are suitable for a wide range of activities. Please contact the education team in advance for bookings and administration.

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©Jack Latham
Reykjavík Museum of Photography Colleges Universities
16.09.2017 - 09:00 to 14.01.2018 - 15:00

Can memories be false? (16. Sept. 2017 – 14. Jan. 2018)

The Jack Latham – Sugar Paper Theories exhibition is based on the case of Guðmundur and Geirfinnur, one of Iceland's most controversial murder investigations. It attempts to address the notion of Memory Distrust Syndrome. British photographer, Jack Latham, worked on this project in collaboration with various parties connected to the case including defendants, informants, case experts and authors of conspiracy theories. The exhibition is a great opportunity to learn more on the case and also find out how photographers go about approaching complex and sensitive subjects.

Read more
©Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur
Reykjavík Museum of Photography Suitable for ages 13‒16+

Photography and the past in focus

Students are invited to learn about the value of photography and important preservation techniques used by the museum of photography. The museum boasts a collection of around six million photographs taken from 1869 to 2014. Students will be given a comparative project to work on after the visit where they can observe the changes made in Reykjavík city centre over the years.

Read more
Sjókonur
Reykjavík Maritime Museum

Older students

We encourage college and university students to make use of the museum's exhibitions for various projects. Guided tours of both museum exhibits and the coastguard vessel can also be booked.

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