Sagnheimar Folk Museum

Opening hours

October 1st - May 1st: Saturdays 1 pm - 4 pm
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1000 kr. for 18 yrs and older.

Admission fee

Free under 18 yrs.
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To the Folk Museum of Vestmannaeyjar

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. Displays and exhibits showing the deep connection with the Mormons, the colorful sports history of the island, the reconstructed fishing shack from yesteryear or a “Festival” tent where islanders entertain during the annual “Festival” can also be investigated.

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Folk Museum of Vestmannaeyjar Podcast

A podcast about the Folk Museum of Vestmannaeyjar by Museums in Strange Places


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.
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Eruption on Heimaey
In the early hours of January 23rd 1973 the volcano, Eldfell, erupted on...
The Harbor Area
A large part of the exhibit hall contains the harbor and dock area where...
The Algerian Pirate Raid
On July 16th 1627 three ships sailed up to the eastern shores of Heimaey...