The Einar Jonsson MuseumCurrently Closed
- Address: Eiríksgata, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland, Reykjavik
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +35-45513797
- Ticket Price: 1000 ISK
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Family And Kids, Specialty Museum, Sculpture
The Einar Jonsson Museum - Review
Einar Jónsson was a celebrated Icelandic sculptor. His works are divided into three distinct categories: public monuments, private commissions, and personal projects. Most of the works found in this museum focus on this third category. The donated it to the city in 1909. In them you’ll see the sculptors spiritual influences and ideologies. He is celebrated for his prolific repertoire, the provocative and disturbed style of his art, and the way he harmonised classical sculpting techniques with his native Icelandic heritage. Even the museum building was built based on his plans and designs. But you don’t necessarily have to enter it to appreciate the man’s works. The garden outside is free to visit, and it’s filled with some of his finest works.
The Einar Jonsson Museum Information
- Contact the museum for group visit details.
The Einar Jonsson Museum Ticket Prices
- Students, disabled and over 67: ISK 500
- Free for under 18.
How To reach The Einar Jonsson Museum by Public Transport
- By Car or take a Taxi
- BSI Bus Station
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The Einar Jonsson Museum, Reykjavik Reviews
A surprising gem of a museum. While all of Reykjavik's museums are relatively small compared to larger, more cosmopolitan cities of the world. This museum packs a surprisingly big soul. Each piece, unique and moving. The titles encourages the observer to look deeper, feel more. The history behind the museum makes it even more compelling. Do give it a visit, if you can.
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, it acts as a gateway to understanding the modern Icelandic "noire" characters 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.
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.