The Glaumbær museum

Posted on March 16, 2009 by

In Glaumbær there’s still an old farm, inhabited until 1930, and then donated to the government, that in 1952 has become the Museum of Popular Culture. The farm is still on the same spot that hosted it for centuries, on the North West of Iceland. The blocks that compose it were built in different periods: the most ancient one is the kitchen and dates back to 1750; the most recent ones date back to 1876/79.

There are in total 12 small houses made of peat, with walls of square clods and strings of grass; they were inhabited by 25 people. It was not easy for so many people to share such a small space and the only way to avoid frictions was having maximum of care and mutual respect. For example, every object put under the pillow was protected as in a strongbox and nobody would have dared to take it.

At the entrance there’s a 20m long corridor on whom the different rooms open; it is connected to the exterior by two doors, to prevent the cold from entering. The internal door is completely made of wood, included nails, hinges and hooks. On the walls of the corridor there are whale oil lamps, that used to be lighted for special occasions only.

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