About the museum

The Akranes Folk Museum is the best place in Akranes to get familiar with history. The museum was established and opened in 1959 and is situated on the ancient manor of Gardar. Gardar had a church and a parsonage from the early days of Christianity in Iceland until the last part of the 19th century.

Akranes Folk Museum offers a unique insight into past times in Akranes and surrounding area. The museum’s exhibition is in several houses, some of which were moved from other parts of town. The permanent exhibition reflects living conditions and life at sea, in rural areas, at work and in play. In the museum there is also a micro-cinema and a space for temporary exhibitions. An audio guided tour is included in the admission. In the area there is also a lively forge where blacksmiths practice their skills. The forge is sometimes in operation for guests. A visit to Akranes Folk Museum offers something for all senses.

More detailed information on the buildings of the museum, including pictures, are under the section Houses on this website.