Skógar Museum in Southern Iceland is a cultural heritage collection of 15000 regional folk craft artefacts, exhibited in three museums and six historical buildings. It opened in 1949 and owes its existence to one man, Thordur Tomasson (b.1921) but he started collecting the artefacts and the houses of the open-air museum. The museum is divided into three parts; the folk museum which offers a huge variety of tools and implements used for fishing and farming, as well as artefacts dating back to the Viking age. In the rebuilt turf houses in the open-air museum, you can catch the atmosphere of times long gone and experience how Icelanders lived through the centuries.
After having enjoyed the well-organised Folk Museum, guest usually visit the sod farm to see how people lived in the past. In the slopes behind it are more “modern” dwellings from other parts of the district. But pride of the museum is the church, which was consecrated in 1998. It depicts the most common church architecture of the past and all its possessions belonged to older churches, which have disappeared.
On 20 July 2002 a Transport and Communication Museum was opened in a large building erected on the museum site. The museum focuses on transport and technology, as well as on the role of the horse and ferries in overland transport in the days before roads and bridges. This part of the museum also houses a spacious cafeteria and a beautiful souvenir shop.