Reykjavík Maritime Museum
Reykjavík Maritime Museum | Reykjavík City Museum
After the design of maritime museums for Rotterdam and the Danish Helsingør, Kossmann.dejong now also got the assignment to design the new permanent exhibition for the Maritime Museum in Iceland.
The museum is located near the old harbour 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, emphasising 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 saltfish and a tub full of less-desirable curiosities fished from the sea: plastic and other waste.
The exhibition 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.