Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavik

Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavik (must see)

Founded in 1973, Reykjavik Art Museum is the largest visual art institution in Iceland. It possesses the largest art collection in Iceland and the most voluminous gallery space to be found amongst the country's galleries. In more than 3000 square meters of gallery space over twenty exhibitions are run every year, ranging from extensive exhibitions from the museum‘s collection to installations of contemporary art by young, international artists.

The Museum offers a variety of events all year round where art is closely examined from different angles and with different emphasis. Extensive family programmes, as well as guided tours for students of all levels, are cultivated. In addition, the museum takes an active part in ambitious cooperative projects and festivals in the field of music, film, design, dance, drama, and literature.

The Museum is in charge of the city‘s art collection while Reykjavik city is responsible for the management and financing of the museum. Reykjavik Art Museum consists of five separate art properties: a general art collection of Reykjavik city (including outdoor works in Reykjavik), an Erró collection, a Kjarval collection, the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum and a collection of the architecture department.

The museum is situated at three different locations in the city: the Kjarvalsstaðir exhibition hall at Miklatún, where the main emphasis is on paintings and sculpture by well-established artists; Hafnarhús, located in downtown Reykjavik, which serves as the museums institute of contemporary art, where new developments in art are explored; and the Museum and Park at Sigtún, which is dedicated to the work of the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson.

Opening Hours:
[Hafnarhús] Fri-Wed: 10am–5pm; Thu: 10am–10pm
[Kjarvalsstaðir] Daily: 10am–5pm
[Ásmundarsafn] Daily: 10am–5pm (May–Sep); 1–5pm (Oct-Apr)
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Sight Name: Reykjavík Art Museum
Sight Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Reykjavik, Iceland

Create Your Own Walk in Reykjavik

Create Your Own Walk in Reykjavik

Creating your own self-guided walk in Reykjavik is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums Tour

Museums Tour

Reykjavik, a city of Viking heritage, offers a great variety of museums where you can see the artifacts that remain from the time of the Vikings. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most interesting museums of Reykjavik, revealing the rich Icelandic culture:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
South Reykjavik Walking Tour

South Reykjavik Walking Tour

Reykjavik attracts tourists, first of all, with its unique, picturesque sunsets and views of the sky and also with its thermal waters. The southern part of Reykjavik has some interesting tourist attractions, including a geothermal beach with a magnificent and unforgettable skyline, geysers and museums. This self-guided tour will lead you to these amazing places:

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
Reykjavik Introduction Walk

Reykjavik Introduction Walk

Reykjavik is a wonderful city set on a small island in the enormous ocean. It is the northernmost capital in the world. This city, close to the Arctic Circle, probably boasts the most beautiful landscape in the world. In Reykjavik you will see some great and unique Viking monuments, churches, and museums, as well as a lake in the middle of the city and geysers. This self-guided tour offers you an...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

Icelandic churches are unique, and much of the best architecture of Reykjavik can be found at its religious sites. Most churches in Reykjavik do not intrude on the picturesque and dramatic scenery surrounding them. The exception to this rule is Hallgrímskirkja, the most impressive church of the city. This self-guided tour will lead you to the religious sites of Reykjavik:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles