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Museums in Reykjavik

Jan, 07 | |

Reykjavik Museums

Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, is certainly one of the places in the world where art and culture is appreciated tremendously. The city is famous for being home to some of the most prestigious art and cultural centres in Iceland. The large part of the country’s heritage lies in Reykjavik. Not only will you find spectacular artefacts here, you will also find lots of literary work done by an array of brilliant authors, artists and poets. Over the years, the city has become famous for its great performing arts scenes. If you are looking to learn more about the history and culture of Iceland, you should visit some of the museums in Reykjavik. Here is a list of the top museums in Reykjavik listed in no particular order.

THE MUSEUM OF PENISES

The Museum of Penises, which is also referred to as the Icelandic Phallological Museum, is a place to find the largest display of penises in the world. Here, you will find on display over 280 penises collected from over 90 species. Guests also gets the opportunity of seeing the penises of some Icelandic elves as well. The first human specimen exhibited in the Icelandic Phallological Museum was received in 2011. For a chance to see a mold of the erect penises of the 15 Icelandic National team that competed in the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, visit the Museums of Penises. Established in 1997, the museum was formerly located in Húsavik before moving back to Reykjavik, just at the vibrant shopping street Laugavegur 116. Guests can have access to the museum daily from 11am – 6pm.

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ICELAND

With close proximity to the famous University of Iceland Campus, the National Museum of Iceland is confined in a 3 story building. Here you will find a rotating exhibition on the first floor and an amazing café where guess can relax. Founded in 1863, the museum was later transferred to its current location in 1944, which is coincidentally the year when the country became an independent republic. On entering into the National Museum of Iceland, the first thing that will catch your eye is a small statue of either Christ or Thor, no one can say categorically who it represents. Iceland’s national museum is home to a wide selection of artefacts, religious art works, tools and furniture and archaeological remains. Some of the exhibitions in the museum dates back to the mid-20th century. During summer months, guests can take a guided tour around the museum on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

THE CULTURE HOUSE

Often referred to as the National centre for Culture Heritage, the museum is located in a beautifully designed mansion on Hverfisgata Street. The building once housed the National Museum of Iceland before it was moved to its current location. The Culture House offers a spectacular view of the beautiful Harpa Concert and Conference Centre. You will also find a coffee shop and gift shop in the museum, making a tour to this incredible museum worthwhile. Designed in a neoclassical style by Johanes Nelson, world-renowned Danish Artists, the National center for Culture Heritage started operation as far back as 1909. Concerts and conferences are sometimes held in the entrance hall of the museum. In the central room of the Culture House, you will find some of the oldest manuscript in Iceland and several literary work of great significance to the Icelandic heritage. Guided tours are also available on request. Visitors can have access to the museum daily from 11:00am-5:00pm.

ÁRBÆR OPEN AIR MUSEUM

One of the top museums found in Reykjavik is the Árbær museum. It is easily reached by bus, hiring a taxi or by renting a car. With over 25 buildings coming together to form a town square, Árbær museum represents a typical Icelandic village. The employees and tour guides in the museum are friendly and always dressed in traditional Icelandic clothing. Visitors are opened for tour guides all year round. The museum is usually open daily from 10am – 5pm. To fully explore the Árbær museum, you should consider spending a day.

ASÍ Art Museum

Founded in 1961, the ASÍ Art Museum is a must visit museum in Reykjavik. Located in one of the city’s oldest buildings designed by sculptors Asmundur Sveinsson and Gunfridur Jonsdottir, the museum’s gallery is a place to find an amazing collection of 20th century works as well as contemporary art. On starting operation, the museum received over 120 artworks from Ragnar Jonsson, an industrialist and book publisher. For a chance to see the best of contemporary arts, a visit to ASI Art museum is a must.

Reykjavik prides itself as a place that houses some of the most incredible and outstanding museums in the world. The city is a major travel destination among tourists, especially lovers of incredible art works. Plan your trip to Reykjavik, the safest and coolest city in Iceland, for an unforgettable holiday experience.

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