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. Use our Reykjavik day trip website to visit Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) on your trip to Reykjavik, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Last day in Reykjavik and my hubby and I literally accidentally stumbled onto this museum. We were staying across from It in downtown when a small snow storm hit. We were eating at Cafe Loki and wante...  more »
  • Although we did not visit the museum , there is a large garden behind the house which is free to access and contains 26 bronze sculptures created by an Icelandic artist Einar Jonsson (1874-1954). The ...  more »
  • A friend tipped me off about this garden and I'm so pleased he did. Just below Hallgrimskirkja a visit here ties in well with taking in the views from the top of the bell tower. Celebrating the work o...  more »
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  • I make a pilgrimage here every time I'm on the island. Jónsson's work and house give you a glimpse into a certain era of the Icelandic psyche. Jónsson's ornate genius holds a narrative that travels well beyond the archetypal, mythical figures he presents and acts as a gateway to the modern Icelandic "noire" character that has been raised on desolation, trauma, survival and the preternatural geology, fauna and flora that has informed its culture.
  • Just off to the side of Hallgrímskirkja sits an austere building that houses the national collection of Iceland’s foremost sculptor, Einar Jónsson, who specialised in dramatic figurative representations of local folklore and religious motifs. Several impressively large sculptures occupy a ground floor atrium, with access to the artist’s private apartments on an upper floor also available. An ornamental garden provides a home for more than 20 bronzes, if the weather permits.
  • 4 stars b/c I only visited the sculpture garden in the back (open 24 hours) and didn't go in the museum. The work was amazing though I would have liked to go inside for more context. Works are labeled in Icelandic and English.
  • Awesome statues sculptures they have a garden with stuff done by Einar Jónsson and the garden is oðen 24/7
  • We only visited the (free) sculpture garden. Open 24 hours. And we loved it. Some very nice sculptures with a lot of symbolism. Sometimes a bit more explanation would have helped but the sculptures are very lovely. If you are at the church this is just next door and should not be missed.
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