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Museum of Einar Jónsson
Art Museums/GalleriesReykjavik

Museum of Einar Jónsson

Einar Jónsson (1874-1954) was Iceland’s first sculptor and the building was the country’s first art museum. The sculptor offered his works to the Icelandic people and his museum was opened in 1923. The task of the museum is to preserve, display and research the art of Einar Jónsson. A garden adorned with 26 bronze casts of the artist’s works is located behind the museum. ...
Reykjavík City Museum – Árbær Open Air Museum
History MuseumsParks and places of interestReykjavik

Reykjavík City Museum – Árbær Open Air Museum

This unique museum was founded in 1957 in order to give visitors a tangible sense of Reykjavík’s past. It comprises a village-like collection of over twenty “homes,” each of which is a separate exhibition. Visitors learn how Reykjavík developed from a few scattered farms into the capital of Iceland. During the summer months, staff wear period costumes, and domestic animals bite fresh grass around the site, ...
Museum of Photography – Reykjavík City Museum
Art Museums/GalleriesNiche MuseumsReykjavik

Museum of Photography – Reykjavík City Museum

Visit exciting Museum of Photography that focus on the capital’s rich history and contemporary culture. The museum is a repository for nearly 5 million photographs taken by amateurs and professionals between 1870-2002. Around thirty thousand of these photographs are available on the museum's online gallery. ...
Reykjavík City Museum – The Settlement Exhibition
History MuseumsReykjavik

Reykjavík City Museum – The Settlement Exhibition

At The Settlement Exhibition in Aðalstræti visitors can experience the settlement of Iceland in late 9th century through two remarkable exhibitions. The Settlement Exhibition revolves around an excavated site, the actual remains of a Viking Age longhouse that have been preserved in situ. The exhibition gives an invaluable insight into the life and times of the first people to inhabit the Reykjavík area. The ...
Viðey Island – Reykjavík City Museum
Art Museums/GalleriesHistory MuseumsParks and places of interestReykjavik

Viðey Island – Reykjavík City Museum

Viðey Island is situated just off the coast of Reykjavík. In addition to beautiful natural surroundings, ancient ruins and rich historical background, you can also see the “Imagine Peace Tower” by Yoko Ono and the Milestones project by Richard Serra. The island is also the nesting ground for over 30 species of birds.Ferry schedule at www.videy.com ...
Maritime Museum – Reykjavík City Museum
History MuseumsNiche MuseumsReykjavik

Maritime Museum – Reykjavík City Museum

Fishing has always played a major role in Iceland’s history. However, before the superbly equipped modern trawlers appeared, ordinary farmer-fishermen regularly risked their lives in order to feed their families. See the craft and tools they used through the ages in this beautifully appointed maritime museum. Special attraction: the Coast Guard vessel Óðinn. Welcome aboard! ...
Hafnarhús – Reykjavik Art Museum
Art Museums/GalleriesReykjavik

Hafnarhús – Reykjavik Art Museum

CONTEMPORARY Hafnarhús is located downtown by the harbour. Built in the 1930s, this refurbished fishery office and warehouse now houses permanent exhibitions of the works of Erró (b. 1932), one of Europe´s most notable pop artists, an enfant terrible of modern art and the embodiment of Iceland´s youthful artistic spirit. The temporary shows at Hafnarhús tend toward the progressive and experimental, ...
Reykjavik Art Museum – Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum
Art Museums/GalleriesReykjavik

Reykjavik Art Museum – Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum

SCULPTURE Ásmundarsafn (Sigtún) is the former home and workshop of the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982), who designed and mostly constructed the building himself. The museum serves to honor his life and work, and displays the largest collection of his sculptures both inside and outside the building. Ásmundur´s art greatly reflects his lifelong interest in the Icelandic sagas, folk tales and ...
Reykjavik Art Museum – Kjarvalsstaðir
Art Museums/GalleriesReykjavik

Reykjavik Art Museum – Kjarvalsstaðir

MODERN Kjarvalsstaðir (Flókagata 24) is the first building in Iceland designed specifically to display works of visual art. Its doors opened in 1973 and it is named after the painter Jóhannes S. Kjarval (1885-1972), one of Iceland´s most influential and recognized artists. The most comprehensive collection of Kjarval´s works is on permanent display here, highlighting his range of styles as well his use of ...
Ásgrímur Jónsson Collection
Art Museums/GalleriesReykjavik

Ásgrímur Jónsson Collection

Ásgrímur Jónsson CollectionÁsgrímur Jónsson (1876–1958) is one of the pioneers of Icelandic art. He bequeathed all his works and belongings to the Icelandic people after his day.The Ásgrímur Jónsson Collection is a special division of the National Gallery of Iceland. The Ásgrímur Jónsson Museum hosts the artist’s studio and home. The museum regularly holds exhibitions of the artist’s works. ...