Museums and exhibitions

The gabled farmhouse at Grenjaðarstaður is one of the largest of its kind. Today, the Suður-Þingeyjarsýsla district museum occupies a part of the premises. Before the Reformation, there was a church here dedicated to St. Martin. It possessed a fine altar cloth with 12 scenes depicting the life of the saint. The cloth is now in the Louvre museum in Paris. Grenjaðarstaður was one of the six best livings in the country that were in the king's gift. The present church was built in 1865 and later enlarged. In 1931, the farm was divided into five smaller holdings, the vicarage farm now being only a fifth of the original estate.

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The Northern Þingeyjarsýsla Heritage Museum is located at Snartarstaðir farm, two kilometers from the village of Kópasker, this museum presents a unique collection of local objects showing dayli life in the 19th and 20th centuries.

There is a wide array of embroidery, woven goods, knitted clothing and many other unique, interesting handicrafts.  In addition the museum contains a variety of quite different objects: toys, a firefighting chart, guns, wood carvings, blacksmith products and much, much more.

The museum also contains the library of Helgi Kristjánsson, form the nearby farm of Leirhöfn.  Helgi was well known for bookbinding and the woollen caps he made.

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In Húsavík Culture House there are two permanent Exhibitions, the Maritime Exhibition and Man and Nature – 100 years in Þingeyjarsýslur. An Art Gallery is located on the top floor and a multipurpose showroom is located on the ground floor. There is also a corner to rest, examine maps, read books from the library and a hotspot to go online.

In the lobby there is a small shop that offers various specially produced goods and handicarafts.

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The Húsavík Whale Museum is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1997. It’s foremost aim is to provide detailed and interesting information about whales and their habitat. The Whale Museum, along with the University of Iceland’s Research Center forms the educational component to the whale watching trips, enjoyed in Húsavík during the summer months.

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The Earthquake Center in Kópasker is an exhibition about the Kópasker earhquake that occurred 13th of January 1976.  The exhibition contains amoung other things photos and videos that demonstrate the consequences of this great earthquake that is recorded to have been around 6,3 points Ricter scale.  The exhibition also shows information about the areas geology.

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The Exploration Museum is dedicated to the history of human exploration. The stories displayed here are different in periods and places, but there is one thing that unites all of them: the common need of the human being to go always beyond physical and psychological limits.

This museum focuses then on the feats and accomplishments achieved by explorers of different times, towards different boundaries. What it aims at is to show how the story of exploration is our story, what makes human beings human, because exploration is not just the discovery of new lands, it is mainly the discovery of new things about ourselves, about humankind in general.

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