National Gallery Of Iceland

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  • Address: Fríkirjiuvegur 7, Fríkirkjuvegur, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland, Reykjavik
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +354-5159600
  • Ticket Price: 1500 ISK
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Art Gallery, Family And Kids, Exhibition

About National Gallery Of Iceland, Reykjavik

The national gallery was founded in 1884 in Denmark, where it hosted exhibition of donated artwork by Danish artists. Followed by a lot of changes in location, the collection was finally moved to its present address in 1987. Designed by Guejon Samuelsson – an Icelandic architect – the building was originally a freezing plant.

The gallery’s main feature is 19th and 20th century’s Icelandic artwork collection, at the same time it houses a number of international work also. Some of them include: Pablo Picasso, Edward Munch, Karel Appel, Hans Hartung, Victor Vasarely, Richard Serra and Richard Tuttle. The exhibitions are held across 7 halls in addition to that the national gallery houses a very well equipped library.

The gallery does not host any permanent exhibitions so there is something new with every visit! The guides at the place are very informative and enthusiastic, always ready to answer all your questions. Moreover the management is extremely cooperative and do their best to accommodate any special requests made.

National Gallery Of Iceland Information

  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • A museum shop is available.

National Gallery Of Iceland Ticket Prices

  • Adults: 1500 kr
  • Seniors ( above 67 years): 750 kr
  • Disabled : 750 kr
  • Groups of 10 or more: 750 kr 

How To reach National Gallery Of Iceland by Public Transport

  • Nearby bus station: Frikirkjuvegur 

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National Gallery Of Iceland, Reykjavik Reviews

  • Pretty small gallery, full of modern art. Worth to visit if you like stuff like this. But I you or any of your companions not really fond of this art style you can definitely skip it as you won't loose too much. It is free if you got "City Card" that you can get from official visitors center. Currently you can see exhibition called "Rules of the Game". See photo for more detailed description

  • Very disappointing. One of the rooms was closed and that I think was the room that had a more traditional art on display. Only 2 rooms were open and the basement. I wish that when 25% of the museum is closed that they should inform you before you pay the admission fee. All displayed, are what I would loosely describe as modern "art". We were only in there for around 15 mins, as this form of "art" is of no interest to me what so ever. On a positive note, it is bright and airy. If you like modern art and understand how these sort of paintings, sculptures and videos get into a National Art Gallery then this is just up your street.

  • A beautiful collection of art by Icelanders with some other special displays tossed in for intellectual challenging. I am wont to develop a taste for installations so was unmoved by the down stairs show but still, it was interesting. They also have one of Picasso's most unusual sculptural works in the permanent collection. Well trained staff, unhurried, and pleasant. A very nice place to relax and begin to understand the culture from an artist's perspective.

  • Very small museum (as probably most of Reykiavik's museums), with some interesting pieces to see if you have something between 20 min up to an hour. Extra plus for super nice lady at the entrance :)

  • Not one of our favourite museums in Reykjavik, and probably not what one normally thinks of for a national gallery. A few modern exhibits, some of which were interesting but not extensive, and a couple rooms meant to go over most of the Icelandic art movements. While the art was decent (although only a couple painters would really be described as masterful), the context was lacking. Often there was little information about an artist's process, their influences, or what they were attempting to do in their work. When there was, it was in overwhelmingly wordy blocks of text, with too many dates and names to give the visitor a useful narrative.

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