Forsíða The Culture House
The Culture House
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 11:54

Safnahúsið á HúsavíkThe Culture House in Húsavík houses a variety of cultural and museum operations, including two permanent exhibitions.

 

Daily Life and Nature – 100 Years in Þingeyjarsýslur is situated on the second floor. The exhibition combines handmade objects from the districts’ folk museum with natural objects, forming an interesting showcase that emphasizes the close relationship of man and nature. The exhibition focuses on the time period 1850-1950, when the Icelandic farming society was starting to give way to new technological advancements, resulting in people losing their connection to nature in their daily lives. This period is, essentially, the last time that people had to rely on nature in order to survive. The exhibition is divided into three kingdoms: Animal, Vegetable and Mineral. Guests are led through the exhibition by contemporary personal accounts from local people.

 

There is also a small exhibition about the history of the Cooperative Society, where one can learn about the rich history of cooperative societies in Iceland. The first of these in Iceland was Kaupfélag Þingeyinga which was founded in 1882 on the farm of Þverá in Laxárdalur. The exhibition houses a precise replica of the room in which the society was founded.

 

The other permanent exhibition in the Culture House is the Maritime Museum. It provides insight into the evolution of fishing and boat building in the area, from the time of rowboats and until the age of the motorboats. Guests will learn about boat builders from Húsavík, as well as the important part the ocean played in the development of the town. The exhibition showcases many boats, the largest one being Hrafninn, a ten-oared boat that Norwegians gave to Húsavík in 1974 to celebrate the 1100-year anniversary of settlement in Iceland. Also on display is various fishing equipment, appliances and tools that were used in fishing, seal and shark hunting, utilization of seabirds, fish-processing and boat building.

 

The Culture House has two additional spaces which house temporary exhibitions. The house is also home to the district archives, a public library, offices and museum storages, as well as playing host to all sorts of events, like concerts and lectures.

 

The Culture House is run by the District Culture Center and is open to visitors year-round. Reception is on the ground floor.

 
 
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