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Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), Reykjavik
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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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The outdoor Sculpture Garden is behind the Museum and is worth a visit. It's free and well laid out. It was raining while we were there so we couldn't spend too much time but the sculptures are beauti... read more »
A fascinating collection on sculptures many drawn from Norse mythology. We stumbled upon it on our way to Hallgrimskirkja. The garden would benefit from more publicity and an explanation of the sculpt... read more »
I admit it - I had no familiarity with the sculpture of Einar Jonsson and only visited the Museum by complete chance. But from the first glimpse inside, I was overwhelmed by his art and the collection... read more »
Berglind Guðrún Beinteinsdottir
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 garden is nice. The artwork is marvellous and the best part is that the youngsters can climb on it.
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.
Sarah Lixa M
The sculptures outside (open at all hours to my knowledge) is one of the best things to do in Reykjavik before things open at 10!
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