Is the fishermen´s life the most dangerous profession in the world? We also tell about the Pirate Raid in 1627, the volcanic eruption in 1973, the cultural heritage of the islands and more.
Opening hours in sumer (1st of May to 30th of September): Everyday from 10:00-17:00.
The museum holds several permanent exhibits though there are always smaller temporary exhibits and various events and special affairs that are advertised when the occasion arises.
Is this the most dangerous profession in the world? The fishermen´s and fish workers work is by far the most important part of the history of Vestmannaeyjar. Photos and multimedia indicate how they survived hardship and difficulties through the ages.
The volcanic eruption in Heimaey 1973: The exhibition shows pictures of the event and locals recall the night´s events and the restoration of the town.
The pirate Raid 1627: The story is told through pictures. A pirate cave for the children with costumes and a treasure chest.
Of cultural heritage in Vestmannaeyjar: At the museum you can also learn about our “National” Festival in August, The Vestmannaeyjar legion, the life of the women of the islands, sporting history and Icelandic Mormon immigrants to Utah 1854-1914.
In the museum you can meet the Puffin Tóti. He was found abandoned in a puffin colony when he was about one week old. It was in the end of the season, when all the other pufflings were much bigger than Tóti and ready to leave their nests. Tóti is gentle and likes the attention he gets from the museum's visitors.
Opening hours in sumer (1st of May to 15th of September): Everyday from 10:00-17:00.
The Aquarium and Museum of Natural History was established in 1964, the first of its kind in Iceland. The museum has not been influenced by trends or fashion and has remained virtually unchanged for 50 years.
In the museum there are tanks containing live fish and various benthic species characteristic of the North Atlantic, and the visitors can even touch some of them. The aquarium has a flow-through system and the water resource is a well, located beside the aquarium. The water is pure and clean due to filtering through sand and lava.
Most of Iceland´s nesting birds are mounted and on display in the museum including a collection of their eggs. There are also quite a few specimens of vagrants and migratory birds and also some very rare species of fish and crabs. A beautiful collection of rocks and minerals is on display in the Museum of Natural History.
The museum is also a bird rescue center so there is often possible to see various species of birds and there is often a puffin wobbling about.
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- 19.June 2017
The Folk Museum of Vestmannaeyjar is a new museum built on old traditions. In addition to the many artifacts housed there, today’s technology gives the history and culture a new dimension. While the adults are learning about the stories of fishing, cliff hunting, the Eldfell eruption of 1973, and the Algerian pirate raid of 1627, the children can dress themselves in pirate costumes and search for hidden treasure in the pirate cave.
- 2.June 2017
The puffins are here!
In Vestmannaeyjar you have a great opportunity to see life puffins flying around the mountains and sitting in the cliffs.
- 19.May 2016
This coming weekend, May 20– 21, Háaloftið will be hosting a large music celebration. Alongside this various restaurants in Vestmannaeyjar will be offering special three course menus and museums will also be hosting some musical events.