A Family-Friendly Must Visit: The Icelandic Museum of Rock and Roll

rock and rollDuring our trip to Iceland, we primarily visited some of the country’s incredible, natural sites. We also made it a point to visit a few museums to learn more about the country.

While on the way to the airport for the flight home, we had some extra time to kill and decided to stop at the Icelandic Museum of Rock and Roll.

This would end up being a great decision and a ton of fun for the whole family.When you step inside, the museum looks like a modern, relatively empty space but once you start looking around a bit closer, you’ll see all the fun it has to offer.

I didn’t know much about Icelandic music or Rock and Roll besides that the singer Bjork and group Of Mice and Men are from there.

The primary reason that the Icelandic Museum of Rock and Roll is so much fun is that it’s a hands-on and interactive museum.

Look at the screens with video at the very back of the photo. In this area, there are 3-4 record players. Guests put on headsets and select from a collection of various records. The records each share the story and music of famous Icelandic artists. The screen projects video clips, information and music videos. It was fun and informative and I would’ve spent even more time here if we had it.We loved taking a look at this wall of guitars Here’s a sculpture of the band Hjalmar. (I’m pretty sure that I learned about them in the area with the records.)Another section of the museum displayed information and photos about famous Icelandic musicians and bands. This was one of the larger sections of the museum.
Some awards earned by Of Mice and Men, one of the country’s newer popular groups.

Here’s our favorite thing that the Icelandic Museum of Rock and Roll had to offer!

There are three areas where you can try your hand at making some music.Theo and Lucas loved giving the drums a try.

What’s special about this set is that the drummer wears a headset and only they hear the noise being created. I gave the drum set a try too, and it was a lot of fun!

There was also a guitar area with two instruments. (Sorry, no photo.) Lucas and I gave them a try for a minute but the guitars are heavy so it wasn’t ideal for kids.Our absolute favorite was the karaoke room. We sang songs like Baby Shark, It’s Raining Tacos and Better Now by Post Malone. We sang as duets and a foursome. The only complaint we had was that the karaoke room was extremely warm when the door was shut.

Final Thoughts:

I highly recommend visiting the Icelandic Museum of Rock and Roll. I was impressed by how much my kids (ages 7 and almost 3) loved the interactive exhibits.

I’d visit again on a future trip to Iceland.

The Icelandic Museum of Rock & Roll is located at Hjallavegur 2 260 Reykjanesbær, Iceland.

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