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National Gallery of Iceland (Listasafn Islands)

Frikirkjuvegur 7, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 515 9600
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THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ICELAND Iceland's leading art museum, established in 1884. Its collection consists mainly of 19th, 20th and 21st century art.
  • Excellent20%
  • Very good22%
  • Average32%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible12%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Frikirkjuvegur 7, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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+354 515 9600
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved this museum - staff are welcoming and wandering around the exhibitions was both calming and stimulating. The paintings on view are a broad-section of Icelandic talent. I particularly loved the ÁSGRÍMUR JÓNSSON gallery of Icelandic fairy tales. Sadly the cafe was closed on...More

Thank wecNormandie
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

We went here on our last day. We only had about 30 minutes to get through it, but it turns out that you can actually see everything in 30 minutes, and even linger a bit in a few rooms. There's free coat hanging and lockers...More

Thank Richard_in_Virginia
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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

Oh my lord I just don't call half the stuff in here art, I'm just glad I didn't pay to get in! The lift was the best thing we went up to the 4th floor first and made our way down! There was two inches...More

Thank Mike G
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

From the Lawrence Weiner text art on the front of the building to the contemporary Icelandic artist's exhibition, and the Vasulka Chamber, I loved this museum experience. Had the cafe been open during our visit we would have spent even more time exploring the collection...More

Thank Cathy S
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

It‘s not that big. It has modern as well as older art. Some of the art is connected to the house and its history.

Thank Fabio-Raffaele D
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

The museum is relatively small with 3 rooms and a small exhibition space. One room was dedicated to a contemporary exhibit of long multi-colored ropes of hanging hair. The 2nd work has a large collection of contempory/pop artists. The 3rd room shows more traditional artists...More

Thank tradIndy
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Reviewed 25 December 2017

After a long fun night out, we decided to check out a few museums around Reykjavik. The National Gallery of Iceland definitely made our list and I am glad it did. The most prolific portion of the gallery, in my humble opinion, was the theater...More

Thank 325joshuak
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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

There was a Picasso on exhibit (Jacqueline). Worth a visit - majority of the paintings done by painters in the 1800-1900s.

Thank Jimmy K
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

A real mix of modern and classic art alongside photography and some unusual installations. But the most exciting piece for us was the discovery, at the end of our visit, of a Picasso sculpture. Jacqueline au Ruban Jaune (or, Jacqueline With A Yellow Ribbon) has...More

Thank Elaine P
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

On a cold late November day,I visited the National Gallery of Iceland and appreciated its fine collection of paintings primarily by 20th Century Icelandic painters.At this relatively smaller art museum,I saw fine paintings depicting the beauty of Iceland and the city of Reykjavik.Paintings that I...More

Thank margatemensch2016
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