A Guide to Reykjavik's Museums

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Nína Þorkelsdóttir

A Guide to Reykjavik's Museums

Don't miss out on the capital's most exciting art and culture!

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Art Museums and Galleries

The best museums showcasing (mostly) Icelandic contemporary, modern and classical art.

Image - Reykjavík Art Museum Ásmundarsafn
Reykjavík Art Museum Ásmundarsafn
Nína:A gorgeous museum dedicated to the work of sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson. The architecture of the building is a work of art in itself.
Image - Kling og Bang
Kling og Bang
Nína:This is a contemporary art gallery, situated above the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Grandi area. Nice Italian restaurant on the ground floor 🍝
Image - Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum
Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum
Nína:A fantastic museum dedicated to the Icelandic sculptor Gerður Helgadottir. It is a bit far from the city center, but well worth the trip.
Image - The National Gallery of Iceland
The National Gallery of Iceland
Nína:If prefer classical art - this is your go to museum. Here, you'll find the most important names in Icelandic art history.
Image - Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús
Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús
Nína:This modern/contemporary art museum is located in the city center.
Image - Reykjavík Art Museum Kjarvalsstaðir
Reykjavík Art Museum Kjarvalsstaðir
Nína:Kjarvalsstaðir is a nice museum located in a centrally located green area called Klambratun. Here you will find many important works of art by Johannes Kjarval, one of the most iconic Icelandic painters.
Image - i8 Gallery
i8 Gallery
Nína:A tiny gallery in the city center.
Image - Ásmundarsalur
Nína:This gallery is situated by Hallgrimskirkja. I've been there a couple of times and it has never failed to disappoint. Also, make sure to check out the cafe on the ground floor.
Image - Einar Jónsson Sculpture garden and museum
Einar Jónsson Sculpture garden and museum
Nína:Strolling around this sculpture garden by Hallgrimskirkja Church is always pleasant. The sculptures are in the romantic style and many of them are very dramatic!
Image - Reykjavík Museum of Photography
Reykjavík Museum of Photography
Nína:A nice photography museum on the top floor of the Reykjavik Library.
Image - BERG Contemporary
BERG Contemporary
Nína:A stunning contemporary gallery. There's always something interesting going on at BERG.
Image - Listasafn ASÍ
Listasafn ASÍ
Nína:An art gallery by the seaside. Mostly contemporary art.
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Other Interesting Museums

For when you're done with the art museums and the galleries!

Image - Þjóðminjasafn Íslands / National Museum of Iceland
Þjóðminjasafn Íslands / National Museum of Iceland
Nína:Nourish your inner viking at Iceland's one and only National Museum. It's full of interesting artefacts that throw a light on Iceland's (short) history.
Image - The Culture House - Museum
The Culture House - Museum
Nína:A beautiful old building with authentic interiors. A great museum for a sneak-peak into Reykjavik's past.
Image - The Icelandic Punk Museum
The Icelandic Punk Museum
Nína:Walk into the Icelandic Punk Museum as a conservative - and you'll be walking out as an anarchist. This museum is weird, quirky and so tiny! It's (fittingly) located in a basement that used to house public toilets 💩
Image - Árbær Open Air Museum
Árbær Open Air Museum
Nína:This fantastic open air museum depicts Iceland as it used to be. You can visit houses in the old style and greet "locals" in full costumes. Kids really love this museum.
Image - Maritime Museum
Maritime Museum
Nína:Ahoy! Sailors and maritime enthusiasts should not miss this interesting museum in the Grandi area.
Image - Museum Of Design And Applied Art
Museum Of Design And Applied Art
Nína:This museum is located quite far from the city center, but it showcases various interesting works by Icelandic designers.

Wonderguide map

  1. Reykjavík Art Museum Ásmundarsafn
  2. Kling og Bang
  3. Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum
  4. The National Gallery of Iceland
  5. Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús
  6. Reykjavík Art Museum Kjarvalsstaðir
  7. i8 Gallery
  8. Ásmundarsalur
  9. Einar Jónsson Sculpture garden and museum
  10. Reykjavík Museum of Photography
  11. BERG Contemporary
  12. Listasafn ASÍ
  13. Þjóðminjasafn Íslands / National Museum of Iceland
  14. The Culture House - Museum
  15. The Icelandic Punk Museum
  16. Árbær Open Air Museum
  17. Maritime Museum
  18. Museum Of Design And Applied Art

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