Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), Reykjavik

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Art Museum Historic Site
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 did not go into the museum, but I did stroll through the free sculpture garden which had some amazing works. They all shared this often strange combination of norse (pagan) and christian symbolism, ...  more »
  • You should visit this Museum, which was built on the island 1. the exhibits give a good idea of the local art, the sculptor lived there. Through the garden and its multiple sculptures
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  • Beautiful sculpture set in a lovely park that is amazingly quiet considering how close it is to the road that passes down the front of the city. Lovely view of the front and sadly the roadworks outsid...  more »
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  • An unexpectedly great museum, we only went in as the church was shut and thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so I would recommend it over the church. The works inside are brilliant, eye catching and very clever, an exceptionally talented artist! You also can see the originally lodgings of Jónsson and his wife at the top and also the architecture history of the building in its own right is pretty cool
  • Amazing place! If you have any appreciation for sculpture go there! It's truly great stuff! The way he is mixing old norse with christian symbolism is awesome!
  • There is no better (or cheaper) spot to take a date. Especially if you're dating a goth, because this place is a bit creepy.
  • 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.
  • I can not comment on the inside as it was 1000 krons, i decided not to go in. But there are lots of sculptures in the garden.

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