Ljósmyndlistasafnið Reykjavíkur

The Reykjavík Museum of Photography is located on the top floor of the Grófarhús  building on Tryggvagata, which is also home to the city‘s public library. Admission is free and it is open every day from 12.00 to 19.00 (18.00 on Friday) and on weekends from 13.00 -17.00. Founded in 1981, the museum boasts a collection of more than six million photographs, with both Icelandic and international photography, amateur and professional. There you can find portraits, press photos, commercial photography, and the museum also keeps family photo albums and private collections. The collection dates back from 1860 to present day. Each year, the museum organizes about a dozen exhibitions on different themes.

Four museums in Reykjavik not to be missed


Árbærsafn is a historic outdoor museum located in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavík. The museum is made up of over twenty buildings that form a central square, a village and farm and it  aims to show the Icelandic way of life at different times. It was erected on the site of the former Árbær farm in 1957. From the 1st of  June to the 31st of August, the museum is open daily, from 10 am to 5pm. During the rest of the year, it is possible to arrange private visits by appointment or there is the option of taking part in a tour, that takes place at at 1pm everyday. Admission is 1,500 kroner (11 euros) per person and free for children under 18 years of age. There are  many events held here during the year, such as the days of crafts, the annual exhibition of old vehicles or the Christmas exhibition.

Four museums in Reykjavik not to be missed

In summer, do not be surprised to see sheep and goats wander the gardens of the museum. There is also a souvenir shop, a charming café (home of Dillon) and a library on the premises.

Listasafnið Reykjavíkur

The city of Reykjavík Art Museum is located in three different buildings, scattered around the capital. Hafnarhus is in the city center, Kjarvalsstadir is located in Klambratún and Asmundarsafn park. The museum displays the work of the three most famous artists of Iceland; painters Erró and Kjarval, and the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson.

Four museums in Reykjavik not to be missed

There are also regular exhibitions, usually lasting three or four months from Icelandic and international artists. In all, the museum has a collection of 17,000 works, and also hosts conferences and events regularly. The museum is open all year from 10.00 to 17.00, and the entry cost is 1500 Kronur.


The museum of the performing arts, more known as NYLO is an organization run by artists. Founded in 1978 by two local artists, Niels Hafstein and Magnús Pálsson, the museum was created to provide a space where artists could discuss Icelandic cultural policies.

Four museums in Reykjavik not to be missed

For the past 35 years, NYLO has been offering a varied artistic and cultural program and often non-mainstream, which includes performance, video sessions, concerts, poetry evenings and theater. NYLO is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 12.00 (13.00 on the weekends) to 17.00 and the entrance is free.

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