Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), Reykjavik
(4.5/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) houses artworks by Iceland's first major sculptor, and the artist's penthouse apartment is preserved in its original condition. Jónsson offered all of his works as a gift to the Icelandic people in 1909, and the museum was built soon after, following the artist's design. The main gallery is filled with fantastical sculptures of Vikings and mythical heroes. The sculpture garden with bronze casts of the artist's works was formally opened in 1984. Look for the peculiar ring of stones between the office and museum buildings, put down by the sculptor himself. The museum shop sells plaster casts and postcards of exhibited works, as well as books about Jónsson's life and art. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) and many more Reykjavik attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Reykjavik itinerary planner.
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  • I didn't have much time so only went to the outdoor exhibit in the back. It is across the street from the famous Hallgrimskirkja church so don't miss it. There is a fun piece outside on the corner nea...  more »
  • The museum is situated near to Hallgrimschurch. The first thing which catch your eye is the museum itself. The house was designed and built by the artist with a little help from a friend Erlendur. Ins...  more »
  • Close to the church this museum and sculpture garden should not be missed - very interesting and the sculptures are beautiful pieces art! 
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  • A beautiful sculpture museum, well worth the visit. There is a garden behind the building which is I believe free to enter. The museum displays the work of Einar Jonsson (1874-1951) who was Iceland's first sculptor. He drew his inspiration from Icelandic folklore but also used mythological and religious motifs. He made the statue of Ingólfur Arnarsson which is located on Arnahóll downtown Reykjavik.
  • The back garden is full of beautiful sculptures and is a great place to take a walk or sit on a bench and take a break.
  • The garden is nice. The artwork is marvellous and the best part is that the youngsters can climb on it.
  • I can't actually comment on the inside of the museum (though during a quick walk to the restroom, it looked lovely), but the sculpture garden out back has free admission, interesting sculptures, and is a nice little spot for a picnic or stroll.
  • Pretty garden which not many people know about with interesting sculptures.