Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), Reykjavik

(4.5/5 based on 240+ 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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  • This museum is right across the street from Hallgrimskirkja, and so worth it. I just walked in the garden gate, after peeking over the wall. Such beautiful works of art in an urban backyard! Take your...  more »
  • I'd never heard of Einar Jonsson or knew of his work at all. I was curious, as is my wont. I'm SO glad my curiosity paid off. I found the art stunning. His style of mixing scale and fusing nature in u...  more »
  • Horrible heavy allegorical sculptures. This guy was not an optimist that's for sure. Too depressing for words.  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.