Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), Reykjavik

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Art Museum
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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  • These are serious and detailed sculptures in this quiet little garden. The themes are each monumental and each sculpture allows you to see how the artist views the complexity. Expect that you will eit...  more »
  • Next to the cathedral and a little surprised to see these sculptures and statues here. Good opportunity to have a photo. Located next to Hallgrimskirkja cathedral.  more »
  • The sculpture garden is really good, but inside is even better. The house is exactly as the sculptor left it when he died, and gives a great insight into his life.  more »
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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.