Medical and Health Care Museum Nesstofa is a specialized museum under
the administration of the National Museum and concentrates on the
collection and preservation of artefacts, tools,
instruments, pictures, drawings and the history of the
name of the museum is derived from the name of the house, Nesstofa,
which is among the oldest concrete houses of the country, built during
the period 1761-63 for the first Surgeon General of Iceland, Bjarni
The house has already been mostly restored in its original form
and houses the exhibition of the museum.
It depicts the medical history of the country during the 19th
and the beginning of the 20th centuries.
Its artefacts were partly privately owned, partly in the
possession of the Medical Institute of Iceland, hospitals and other institutions.
They are connected with the education in medicine, operations,
maternity hospitals, amputations, ocular medicine and diseases, such as
hydatits. The museum also boasts of the oldest pharmacy of the country.
the restoration of the house has been completed, it will be furnished in
the same way as it was at the time of Bjarni Palsson.
A new museum building has been planned just north of the old
house, where the mainstay of the museum’s belongings will be on
new building will be at the edge of the inhabited areas of Seltjarnarnes
and the planned recreation area.
It will be a multipurpose building to serve the needs of the
will be school children and others interested in the organic life of the
area, hikers and runners, sailboard riders, skiers and skaters.
Cafeteria should be well appreciated by those who enjoy the outdoors
activities and those who want to enjoy the view over the Faxi Bay and
the activities outside.
A part of the exhibition area will be dedicated to the geology,
avifauna, flora, archaeology and the history of the area.
There will be space for small meetings and conferences as well.