Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), Reykjavik

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Art Museum
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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  • Very good museum and really amazing artist. I was struck with his paintings no less then with his sculptures. Given the symbolism of the each piece one could look for different details for a long...  more »
  • We enjoyed touring the Einar Jonsson sculpture garden which is conveniently located next to the stature of Leif Eriksson. There are quite a few pieces and each is intriguing and moving.  more »
  • One of the hidden treasures in Reykjavik! Totally worth seeing
  • Wonderful Art Deco sculpture in an interesting house

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