The Top 6 Museums in Iceland

National Museum of Iceland

Anyone interested in learning more about Iceland’s rich history must visit the National Museum of Iceland.

The museum is divided into two floors and is structured chronologically from the time of the Vikings’ settlement to the current day. It’s not a completely straight path since you have to wander left and right to see everything, and there’s a lot to see. There is a wealth of information available, and the staff is more than happy to answer inquiries regarding the displays. A highly recommended place to visit during your travel to Iceland.

Reykjavik Art Museum

The Reykjavik Art Museum: There are three venues of the museum available in the city and one must visit at least one of them – and if you are an art enthusiast, you must visit all three venues.

The majority of the museum’s artwork is on display at Kjarvalsstaðir in downtown Reykjavik. Johannes S. Kjarval, one of Iceland’s most well-known 20th-century artists, is responsible for most of this.

Ásmundarsafn is one of Reykjavik’s top art museums, dedicated to Icelandic sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson and his life’s work.

The last venue- Hafnarhús, a gallery dedicated mostly to the work of an Icelandic pop star and is located near the port.

Reykjavik Maritime Museum

The City Museum organizes the Reykjavik Maritime Museum, which maintains the Icelandic nation’s maritime past. Iceland (an island nation) has unquestionably been influenced by the ocean throughout its history. As a result, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the nation’s relationship with the seas.

The museum is located in Reykjavik’s old harbor neighborhood, which is fitting. You’ll learn about the history of sailing, how generations of Icelanders have made a livelihood off the waves, and the coast guard’s hardships and work.

The Culture House

The Culture House, part of the National Museum, has long been regarded as one of Iceland’s most attractive structures.

The building, both inside and outside is a work of art in itself. The primary exhibition, Points of View, takes visitors on a journey through the past and current visual environment of Iceland. Your Culture House ticket also includes access to Iceland’s National Museum.

The structure was designed by Danish architect Johannes Magdahl Nielsen and constructed by Icelandic craftsmen. Within its boundaries is a one-of-a-kind reading hall that has been preserved in its original state.

Viking World Museum

The Viking World Museum is perhaps Iceland’s best Viking museum, so if you’re interested in Norse history, this is a must-see.

The main highlight of this museum is the Icelander (Ship) built in 1996, which is a replica of the famous Gokstad ship. It also portrays the history of Viking settlement in Iceland, as well as all the great sagas that came with it.

It is located near the main road between the international airport and Reykjavík.

Reykjavik Museum of Photography

Another highlight of the capital city is the Reykjavik Museum of Photography.

The museum is home to millions of photos, but not all the photos are on display. The ones which are on display are unique captures with some significant meaning. The collection of photographs are greatly diversified as some of them are as old as from the 19th century, while many of them are from the current era.

The main perk of the museum is that the photographs portrayed are not only from professionals but are also from amateurs, and that makes the museum even more interesting.