18.05.2017

Viking Animals – The Secret of the Settlement

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Viking Animals – The Secret of the Settlement

The Reykjavík City Museum is proud to present Viking Animals – the secret of the settlement, a very visual and family friendly exhibition.

This exhibition opened at the Settlement Exhibition in Reykjavik on 18th May 2017. The exhibition reveals the importance of animals in the early settlement of Iceland through archaeological evidence. It engages visitors with the exciting insights into early Icelandic society through animals in Viking Age Iceland.

The arctic fox was the only land mammal living in Iceland when the first settlers from northern Europe arrived. The settlers had to bring all their animals with them in order to survive. These animals dramatically changed the landscape and environment into the country we know today.

Most of the archaeological evidence for domestic animals in the settlement of Iceland comes from their bones. Archaeologists have found bones from cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horse, chickens, dogs, and cat. When you visit the exhibition you will learn more about the archaeological data, and the existing later medieval documents. There is a focus on weaving, horse riding and Old Norse mythology. The exhibition is ‘hands-on’ and there will be opportunities to feel the difference between different types of wool, and identify real animal bones!

To learn more please visit the exhibitions website – https://vikinganimals.wordpress.com/

Exhibition Author: Dr. Lara Melissa Hogg

Exhibition Design: Ingibjörg Jara Sigurðardóttir

Info

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The Settlement Exhibition

Aðalstræti 16

101 Reykjavík

Tel: (+354) 411 6370

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Opening hours

Opening hours

Open daily 09:00 - 18:00

Guided tour in June - August at 11:00 on weekdays.

Guided tours in foreign languages for groups (10+) are available by appointment.

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Easter Holiday

Open daily 09:00-18:00

Christmas & New Year

24 Dec 09:00-14:00, 25 Dec closed, 26 Dec 12:00-18:00, 31 Dec 09:00-14:00 & 1 Jan 12:00-18:00.

Admission

Admission

Adults

1,700 ISK

Children (0-17)

Free admission

Disabled

Free admission

Students with student card

1,100 ISK

City Card holders

Free admission

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