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Reykjanes has all kinds of interesting museums that have a deep connection to the area.

Most of them are pretty standard but others are dedicated to more abstract things, such as Vikings, Rock ´n roll, nature, and other curious phenomena.

Reykjanes Museum of Heritage
The  Reykjanes  Heritage  Museum  presents  temporary  exhibitions which  address  specific  aspects  in  local  history  of  the  region  and somewhat  the  whole  country.    A  new  exhibition  by  the  Reykjanes Heritage Museum, opened in the spring of 2012. It covers the winter fishing season, “Vetrarvertíðin”: For centuries Icelanders travelled on foot from their homes to the fishing ports in West and South-West of Iceland. They arrived late in January and stayed for 3 months untill early May when they walked back. This was the best season to catch the fish as it came nearer the coast to spawn. The fish was then hung up to dry. The seasonal fishing was very important as dried fish was part of the daily food and the most important export of Icelanders. The foundation of the seaside towns and villages in the area is the nearby rich fishing grounds as is depicted in the exhibition.
Reykjanes Maritime Center
The Reykjanes Maritime Center was opened on May 11, 2002 and is home to a collection of over 100 model boats built by retired local skipper Grímur Karlsson. Hand-crafted to a high degree of perfection and painstaking detail, they offer fascinating insight into Iceland's maritime history, beginning with the graceful masted schooners of the mid- and late 19th century, and ending with the steam and diesel-powered trawlers of the 20th century. Open every day from 12pm -5pm.
Reykjanes Public Library
The Reykjanesbær library is located at Tjarnagata 12, sharing the building with the Reykjanesbær town hall as well as the café Ráðhúskaffi .  The library’s opening hours are between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays during winter. The library is closed on Saturdays during the summer (June-July-August). On the first floor, you’ll find the reception, fiction, biographies, the children’s section, and magazines as well as being overall more open to conversation and socializing. Moving to the lower floor you’ll find the library’s reference service as well as a reading room, and study desks and is generally intended for activities requiring more calm and quiet environments. The library offers free wi-fi. The Reykjanesbær library is the cultural centre of the town. Its aim is to provide its residents with access to a diverse collection and information through various formats. The library aims to support the growth of cultural and scientific development of the community as well as education, lifelong learning, employment, Icelandic language, reading for pleasure and information literacy. The library aims to create a “third place” in addition to the home, work and school. Every child under eighteen receives a free library card. The library staff organizes many different events such as the book club, creative workshops focused on various handicrafts, and cosy social events for families with young children featuring the reading of children’s books. The group Women of the World meets once a month and women from all over the world meet up for a good chat. At the library, the staff’s goal is to create a gateway into the community like an oasis in the desert where everyone should find something to suit them.
Reykjanes Art Museum
Reykjanes Art Museum presents several new art exhibitions every year. The museum is located in Duus Museum, the Art and Cultural Center of Reykjanesbær along with Reykjanes Maritime Center and Reykjanes Heritage Museum. Reykjanes Art Museum presents visual arts through diverse exhibitions, lectures, guidance, publications and their website www.reykjanesbaer.is/listasafn. The museum is open everyday from 12pm – 5pm.
Folk Museum in Garður
The municipal museum in Garðskagi is located in a natural paradise, which blends the beauty of the landscape with its rich animal and birdlife. The museum was first opened in November 1995 in the old processing houses in Garður. The museum has both a Folk and Maritime Museum. It has an outstanding engine collection of Guðni Ingimundarson. There are over 60 engines on display and almost every one of them is functional. Many important items from the municipal history of Garður are located in the museum, items which were essential for the livelihood on both land and sea The Museum is a great point of interest for visitors as it tells the story of how fishing developed and the history of the people who lived and worked in the community. A restaurant and camping site with facilities is on-site and if you are lucky you might see dolphins and whales near the shore from the terrace of the restaurant. Summer opening is 10-17 From the 1st May - 30. Sept. From October the Museum can be booked for groups.
Gardskagi - campsite
The campsite at Garðskagi is perfect for visitors seeking freedom and open views of the ocean. It is located at Garðskagi Point and is open all year long. Garðskagi Point, the northernmost part of the Reykjanes Peninsula, offers great experience for visitors with its two lighthouses, beautiful beach, and fantastic sunsets. It is a great place to see the Northern Lights and have a good meal and a drink while waiting for them to appear. The two lighthouses help create a unique atmosphere and the weather adds up to memorable experiences, whether it be the still morning fog or the screaming, crushing winter waves. The lighthouses were built in 1897 and 1944. One is the second oldest and the other the biggest in Iceland. Garðskagi is a premium site for bird-watching where whales can also often be observed from the coast. Garðskagi is truly a hidden gem and one of the great destinations within the recently established Reykjanes Geopark. The big lighthouse, has two exhibitions, Northern Lights Show and Whale Show. Fantastic view from the top balcony. Admission is included in the museum fee. There is also a campsite on Garðskagi. Restaurant Röstin on the second floor of the Heritage and Maritime Museum offers food for a very reasonable price. Its only about 20 m from the coast and has fantastic view of the ocean. Great place to watch beautiful sunsets in the summer or to have a nice meal while waiting for the Northern Lights in the winter. Opening hours: All year For groups call manager, 893-8909 or email johann@gardskagi.com.   
Public library Suðurnesjabær
The Public library in Suðurnesjabær is located nex to the swimming pool in Sandgerði.
Southwest Iceland Nature Research Centre
Southwest Iceland Nature Research Centre is a regional institute of natural research and is based in Sandgerði. It was established in the year 2000 and is one of eight regional Nature Centres in Iceland. The institutes main focus is on ecology of marine invertebrates, exotic species in Icelandic waters, avian studies, and shoreline monitoring. The centre is also involved in various teaching programs for all educational levels. Southwest Iceland Nature Research Centre shares research facilities and housing with The Sudurnes Science and Learning Center and The University of Iceland‘s Research Centre in Sudurnes and are many of the researches done in collaboration between the institutes.
Viking World
Vikingaheimar is the home of the Viking Ship Íslendingur (the Icelander). Built in 1996, Icelander is an exact replica of the famous Gokstadship, a remarkable archaeological find of an almost completely intact Viking ship, excavated in Norway in 1882. Captain Gunnar Marel Eggertsson was inspired to build a replica of this beautiful ship based on his own background as shipbuilder and sailor. He copied the original nail for nail. In the year 2000, with a grant from the Leifur Eiríksson Commission of Iceland, he sailed from Iceland to New York, a journey of 4200 nautical miles. His voyage brought world-wide attention to Leif Eiriksson's and Bjarni Herjólfsson's discovery of America, dated, according to the Icelandic sagas, to exactly 1000 A.D. Building Icelander was an extraordinary achievement;at 23 metres long, 5.25 meters wide and with a holding capacity of 80 tons (by modern standards), it took 2 years of effort.The sail is 130 square meters and the mast is 18 meters in length. Made from pine and oak, scholars believe this was the most common type of ship in use during the Viking Age. Vikingaheimar is also a home to the exhibition The North Atlantic Viking Saga, originally shown at the Smithsonian Institution during the summer of 2000. Launched in Washington D.C. by King Hakon of Norway, and with a State Dinner at the White House, it then traveling to 6 other cities throughout North America. This exhibition, like the sailing of Icelander, celebrated the millennium anniversary of the Viking discovery of North America, shedding light on the latest scholarly research into the Norse settlement and explorations of unknown lands.Gunnar Marel and his crew of 8 left Iceland on Icelandic Independence day, the 17th of June, with a send off from the Prime Minister of Iceland. When it finally arrived in New York on October 5th-where it was greeted by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mayor Rudolf Guiliani--the ship had made stops at 22 harbors. In addition to the festivities with kings, queens, presidents and mayors, when the ship arrived, visitors also streamed to see it while it was docked at each location, all told about 450,000 people came on board. These two fine projects, both celebrating Iceland's central role in the discovery of North America 1000 years ago by the Norse Vikings, have now found a permanent home in Vikinga Aldan (Viking Wave), the central building on the Vikingaheimar grounds. A spectacular modern building, it also offers beautiful views of the surrounding bay, Faxaflói. These two fine projects, both celebrating Iceland's central role in the discovery of North America 1000 years ago by the Norse Vikings, have now found a permanent home in Vikinga Aldan (Viking Wave), the central building on the Vikingaheimar grounds. A spectacular modern building, it also offers beautiful views of the surrounding bay, Faxaflói.
Grindavík Library
The public library in Grindavík has a good selection of books and other materials available.
KVIKAN - House of Culture and Natural Resources
Kvikan is the cultural house of Grindavík. Diverse cultural activities take place in Kvikan e.g., events, performances, lectures, choir rehearsals and so much more. Kvikan announces its events on its Facebook page. On the second floor of the building is the exhibition “Saltfish in the history of the nation”. The exhibition should be interesting for foreign tourists, informative for schoolers, and enjoyable for all who want to know about the industry here. As the 18th century progressed, and deck ships began to replace rowing ships, salted cod became Iceland's main export. Until then, wading and crawling had been the basis of foreign trade. With the advent of trawlers, salted cod processing became an important industry, and salted cod has ever since played a very significant role in the economy's performance. The exhibition takes you through the history of the salted cod and lets you experience the journey of all the stages involved to make and transport the product.   Informative: Texts in the exhibition are in both Icelandic and English Coffee and tea (including bathroom fee) – 250 kr. Bathroom fee – 100 kr. No entry fee for the exhibition   Opening hours 15. May – 31. August      Every day from 11:00am – 17:00pm 1. September – 14. May Everyday but Sunday from 11:00am – 17:00pm It is also possible for groups to come outside of opening hours by arangement.
Röstin Restaurant
Röstin restaurant is located on the upper floor of the Heritage Museum in Garðskagi. We offer great food at reasonable prices all year round. The view is spectacular from the balcony where you can watch the sunset over Snæfellsjökul Glacier, the abundant bird life and sometimes whales, just off the shore. A visit to the Folk and Maritime Museum downstairs and the big lighthouse is a perfect addition to a good meal in Röstin. The lighthouses in Garðskagi were constructed in 1897 and 1944. The spectacular seascapes at Garðskagi are a highlight, as is the abundant birdlife that migrates to the area every spring. The big lighthouse, is the biggest in the country, has two exhibitions, Northern Lights Show and Whale Show. Fantastic view from the top balcony. Admission is included in the museum fee. There is also a campsite on Garðskagi. Opening hours: Every day between 12:00-20:00 For groups call manager, 893-8909 or email johann@gardskagi.com. 
Sudurnes Science and Learning Center
If you are interested in the Icelandic nature and wildlife, sea creatures, research related to the area and art, the Sudurnes Science and Learning Center is a place you must visit! The center offers three exciting exhibitions. They include a nature gallery where you can look at and touch various stuffed animals from the Icelandic wildlife and see live sea creatures. There is also a collection of shells and whale bones in addition to the only stuffed walrus in Iceland. In the historical gallery you can visit the magnificent exhibition Attraction of the Poles on the life of the French medical doctor and polar scientist Jean-Baptiste Charcot. A model of his research ship, Pourquoi-Pas?, that perished off the coast of Iceland in 1936 is part of the exhibition. In the art gallery you will find the art and educational exhibition Hidden World of the Seaweed Fairies. The exhibition weaves scientific knowledge about the ocean into the magical world of the seaweed fairies. Sudurnes Science and Learning Center is an ideal place to visit for families and others hungry for knowledge. Join our treasure hunt that will take you on an exciting journey looking for various animals, plants and historical places. Bring your findings back to the Center for further research. Opening hours Summer (May 1st – August 31st) Monday – Friday: 10:00 to 16:00 Saturday and Sunday: 13:00 to 17:00   Winter (September 1st – April 30th) Exhibitions closed.   Flexible opening hours for groups (minimum 20 persons) year-round – please call 423-7555. For further information see their website.
Duus Museum - Cultural Center
Duus Museum is the Art and Cultural Center of Reykjanesbær where you can experience diverse exhibitions and cultural activities all year round. The museum houses exhibition halls for the Art Museum of Reykjanesbær and Heritage Museum of Reykjanesbær which offer new and exciting exhibitions throughout the year. The Reykjanes Maritime Center displays a collection of over 100 model boats built by the skipper Grímur Karlsson. A Tourist Information and Reykjanes Geopark Visitor Center are also located in the museum. We are open every day from 12:00 – 17:00.  
Reykjanes Museum of Heritage - Stekkjarkot
Stekkjarkot is a classic example of the roughly built turf, stone and timber cottage-type houses once common on the Reykjanes peninsula and other coastal areas of Iceland, Stekkjarkot was opened to the public in 1993 by Iceland’s then-president Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, following a year of restorations. The older part of the cottage, with its open hearth, dates back to the 19th century, and is said to have been home to a maidservant with an infant daughter who slept on the earthen floor. The newer part dates from the farm’s last days of habitation, by which time floorboards covered the living room and kitchen, a coal-fired stove provided both cooking facilities and heat, and conditions for those who lived there do not seem to have been too bad. Stekkjarkot is open on request and there is free admission. Please contact byggdasafn@reykjanesbaer.is for further information. 
The Icelandic Museum of Rock ´n´ Roll
The Icelandic Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll (Rokksafn Íslands) is a new museum about the history of popular music in Iceland. The museum was opened in 2014 and is located in Keflavik in Reykjanesbær, only a 5-minute drive away from Keflavik International airport. The museum’s main attraction is a timeline of Iceland’s popular music history. Visitors who would like to dive deeper into the history can get an iPad guided tour to read more and listen to the music throughout Iceland’s history. Other attractions include the very popular sound lab where guests can try instruments such as an electric drum kit, electric guitar and electric bass. There’s also a karaoke singing booth where guests have the possibility to sing and record video of the themselves and send it directly to their email address or social media. Guests can also visit the museums’ cinema where documentaries about Icelandic music run all day long, try out interactive solutions to dive deeper into the history of featured artists such as Björk, Sigur Rós, Of Monsters and Men, Kaleo and many more, get an insight into what it is like to be an audio engineer on a mixing desk that features Icelandic music and visit the gift shop where there are books, DVD, CD’s and LP’s with Icelandic music along with various museum merchandise. At the museum guests can sit down, listen to the music and have a cup of coffee... or tea... or hot chocolate, whichever sounds good. The museum café offers coffee from Kaffitár which is a local roasterie, specializing in importing, roasting and serving the finest Arabica coffee beans. The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll is for everyone. For those who love Icelandic music and those who want to discover Icelandic Music.   Children find the sound lab particularly interesting along with the interactive parts of the museum. The museum is open daily all year round except for New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Opening times are 11am-6pm daily. “The Icelandic Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll is as eccentric in its telling as the tale it celebrates.” David Fricke, Rolling Stone.   

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