The Role

The whale museum in Húsavík is a specialized museum about whales whose main purpose is to promote the collection of memorabilia and stories related to whales and whaling, their registration and preservation. In addition, its role is to share education and information about whales and their habitat in a practical and interesting way, thus facilitating the nation's access to such information. By teaching about whales and their habitat, the Whale Museum also increases the educational value of whale watching trips that depart from Húsavík and elsewhere.


The operation of the Whale Museum, formerly known as the Whale Center, began in 1997 as an experiment with a small exhibition about whales. Only three years after its establishment, the exhibition had become very popular and the number of visitors exceeded the wildest expectations. The museum had proven its right to exist and it was necessary for it to get its own premises suitable for its activities. The old slaughter house of Kaupfélag Þingeyinga was chosen and is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the North. The founder of the museum and its director for the first 11 years was Ásbjörn Björgvinsson.

The show

In an exhibition space of 1.400 m2, you can find skeletons of many species of whales and fascinating information about these largest animals on earth.