Museum and Culture
Museums & Culture
Árbæjarsafn was established by the City of Reykjavík in 1957 as an
open-air museum to preserve and show selected old houses. The museum is
built around the old farm of Árbær but most of the houses there are
originally from the center of Reykjavík. The museum’s aim is to give the
public an idea of the architecture and the lifestyle of the past.
Address: by Kistuhylur - 110 Reykjavik - Tel: 577 1111
Art Gallery Fold has the finest selection of contemporary Icelandic art
available in Iceland. Located at the three biggest shopping areas Art
Gallery Fold makes it easy for everyone to enjoy and acquire Icelandic
contemporary art. We pride ourselves in selling good art by recognized
Icelandic artists at a reasonable price.
Address: Rauðarárstígur 14-16 - 105 Reykjavik - Tel: 551 0400
In Haukadalur, Dalabyggð in the west of Iceland, the Eiríksstaðir ruins
were excavated in the summers of 1997-99. Excavations by archaeologists
from the National Museum of Iceland in 1997 revealed the existence of a
farmhouse with an interior area of 50 m². Dating from the 10th century,
the ruins are on public display.
Address: Haukadalur - 810 Selfoss - Tel: 434 1118
The National Gallery of Iceland, established in 1884, houses the main
collection of Icelandic art, covering in particular 19th and 20th
century Icelandic and international art. It's collection contains the main Icelandic
key works of the 20th century, by the nation's leading artists.
Address: Fríkirkjuvegur 7 - 101 Reykjavik - Tel: 515 9600
The National Museum of Iceland has a long history and has played an important part in the Icelandic culture since it was first established in the year 1863. Now the museum has been extensively refurbished and offers an adventurous insight into the Icelandic history and its heritage in a stylish and modern building at Sudurgata in Reykjavík.
Address: Sudurgata 41 - 101 Reykjavik - Tel: 530 2200
The Reykjavík Museum of Photography is Iceland's only autonomous
photographic museum. Its role is to preserve photographs, glass plates,
negatives and slides in such a way that the people of Reykjavík and
visitors have optimum access to the museum's collection.
Address: Grófarhús Tryggvagata 15 - 101 Reykjavik
In the year 1000 A.D., Christianity became the state religion of
Iceland. The first bishop was inaugurated in 1056. Skálholt is one of
the most important places in the history of Iceland and deeply respected
Address: Skálholti - 801 Selfoss
In the heart of the southern part of Iceland, located next to the
magnificent waterfall Skógafoss, is an interesting museum which was
established in the year 1949. The museum has grown immensely through the
years. There you can now see how the Icelanders lived in the past.
Address: Austur-Eyjafjöllum - 860 Hvolsvöllur - Tel: 487 8845
In an old and magnificent building located in the heart of the city
centre is The Culture House. The building, which was designed by a
Danish architect, Johannes Magdahl Nielsen, opened in the year 1909 and
is one of the greatest structures in Iceland.
Address: Hverfisgata 15 - 101 Reykjavik - Tel: 545 1400
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, widely considered to be one of the
leading Nordic orchestras, continues to attract audiences through its
high standards of performance coupled with innovative programming.
Address: Austurbakki 2 - 101 Reykjavík - Tel.+354 545 2500
The Icelandic Emigration Center was founded in 1996 to commemorate the
Icelandic emigrants to North America and promote contact between their
descendants and the people of Iceland.
Address: 565 Hofsos - Tel: 453 7936
The Saga Centre in Hvolsvöllur was opened in 1997 and the guests are
offered a guided tour through the exhibition on the Njál´s Saga and the
viking age. In the heart of the building there is a reconstruction of a
Address: 860 Hvolsvöllur - Tel: 487 8781
Ásmundarsafn or The Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum is dedicated to
the sculptures and drawings of the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson
(1893-1982). The building is the former home of the artist, mostly
designed by himself. Ásmundarsafn gives an overview of different periods
in the career of the artist.
Address: 105 Sigtún - Reykjavik
In April 2000 The Reykjavík Art Museum opened a new museum by the
harbour side in an old warehouse named Hafnarhús. It has six exhibition
halls for art, a multi-purpose space and an outdoor area in an enclosed
Address: Tryggvagata 17 - 101 Reykjavik
The Reykjavík Art Museum at Kjarvalsstaðir was inaugurated in 1973. It
is situated at Miklatún park close to the center of Reykjavík. At
Kjarvalsstaðir works by leading Icelandic and international artists of
the 20th century are exhibited.
Address: Flókagata - 105 Reykjavik