Reykjavik Art Museum (Listasafn Reykjavikur), Reykjavik

(3.5/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
See some of the best contemporary Icelandic art together with international works at Reykjavik Art Museum (Listasafn Reykjavikur). The museum complex spreads over three locations in the city and features the nation's largest collection of art. Each museum building houses a permanent collection of work from one of Iceland's great artists – painter Jóhannes S. Kjarval, postmodernist master Guðmundur Guðmundsson Erró, and sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson. In addition to permanent displays, the museum frequently organizes events and hosts visiting exhibits. Check online for exhibit schedules and to reserve guided tours. Our Reykjavik travel itinerary maker makes visiting Reykjavik Art Museum (Listasafn Reykjavikur) and other Reykjavik attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • There was only one small gallery with pop art when we went (march 2017), another installation exhibit that was made out of plastic bags and junk food, and a pretty bizarre video exhibit. I appreciate ...  more »
  • Impressive contemporary museum near the harbor area with some well known artists and other experimental local work. If you have a pass from attending one of the other national museums and are in the a...  more »
  • The modern art exhibits gave our group a chance to see what Icelandic artists across the decades created. There was some fascinating commentary on both politics and culture idealism.  more »
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  • Half of the galleries were closed, but the ones that were open had interesting exhibitions. The art is nicely hung, with space given to those pieces that need it. There's a small gift shop with some items too. Staff were very friendly and they also had free lockers for your bags. Worth checking out.
  • When I visited, unfortunately most of the museum was under renovation and thus only one exhibit was open and that was of the Icelandic artist Erró, who is somewhat Dalí-esque. That exhibition was excellent and certainly leaves a lasting impression, so the museum is still well worth a visit!
  • Really moving exhibits, if you buy one pass you can see all three museums in one day!
  • The Reykjavik Art Museum is not to be missed. We were lucky to have time to visit and we were not disappointed. The art museum is three separate buildings overall. We visited the Harbour House because it was closest to us. The building was modern and the exhibits interactive, modern, musical, and sculptural. If you are a fan of pop art, comics, and cartoon art, you will love the exhibit by Erro. Admission was more than fair and grants access to all the locations in the same day. There was hardly anyone in the museum and we had it practically to ourselves.
  • It's a nice space and definitely worth a look, but how much you enjoy your visit will depend on what they're exhibiting at that particular time. Several of the galleries were closed during my visit, as they were hanging new exhibitions (entry is discounted at such times - I think I paid half-price).