Reykjavík Maritime Museum
Reykjavík Maritime Museum | Reykjavík City Museum
After the design of maritime museums for Rotterdam (NL) and the Danish Helsingør, Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects also got the assignment to design the new permanent exhibition for the Reykjavík Maritime Museum in Iceland.
The museum is located near the old harbor in Reykjavík, in a building that was originally built as a fish freezing plant. The fishing industry has been the foundation of prosperity in Iceland. The aim of the museum is to highlight the importance of seafaring and the fisheries in Reykjavík, and to present this history with clarity in a form that will appeal to a broad range of people.
The intention of the new exhibition is to address this subject in a broad context, emphasizing social aspects, as well as economic and technological development. The roles of women and children, for instance, will be among the themes explored.
Rich visuals, both photographs and film, create a vibrant mood in the exhibition and deepen the visitor experience. It is possible to watch and listen to interviews with experts – mariners, marine biologists and fish factory workers – and old records from the fisheries in earlier times are also included. A range of interactive screens and games encourage participation, and various unusual features capture the attention and imagination, such as an enormous tower of dried salt fish and a tub full of less-desirable curiosities fished from the sea: plastic and other waste.
The exhibition ‘Fish and folk – 150 years of fisheries’ is entertaining and educational, and is equally of interest to those familiar with the fisheries and their history, and those who have no experience of the sea.
Concept, spatial design, graphic design, art direction: Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects
Content and research: Anna Dröfn Ágústsdóttir
In memoriam database: Íris Gyða Guðbjargardóttir
Lighting design: Marc Heinz Lighting Design
Build: Kloosterboer Decor