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National Gallery of Iceland (Listasafn Islands)

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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.
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 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved this place. The range of art was impressive. Edvard Munch was the most famous name in there. If you like art of any kind, there will be something for you here.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JPH1984
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very unique. Small. Near City Hall. Some memorable displays. Several levels but accessible with small elevator.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank LaurenM287
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The National Gallery is just off the town square near City Hall. They highlight Icelandic artists from different mediums - paintings, sculptures, fabric, photography.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mark W
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

For me the most interesting part was the exhibit about Iceland’s heritage and independence, I didn’t know much about their history and it’s a very good exhibit, made me understand Icelanders, the museum is quite small and all the art is local, don’t go there...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PabloSotoo
Reviewed 20 October 2018

Stopping by this beautiful museum/gallery was just what we needed after a morning of tramping around Reykjavik. The architecture is stunning, and so is the small collection of 20th-century art. I especially enjoyed removing my shoes and donning woolen socks as a guest in the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 September 2018

It is not necessarily a bad collection of art (has its hits and misses like any gallery), but as others have stated it is extremely small. Went on a rainy day and barely passed enough time for the storm to pass. Wouldn't really recommend unless...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lynn C
Reviewed 17 September 2018

I wanted to give this 3.5 stars but that's not an option. It is small, but good. In some cases, it was difficult to decipher which description fit with which piece of art, which was frustrating. The manuscript exhibit was closed due to an electrical...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank HartfordOwl
Reviewed 11 September 2018

Quite a small gallery -- maybe 6 exhibition rooms. But some great and some interesting pieces. Gives a glimpse into the soul of the country.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank n s
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Not much for the average tourist. Small and not a great collection. For a country that historically has had a vibrant art scene it was disappointing. Only go if you are bored and want to see the Icelandic modern art section.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Chinapjs
Reviewed 29 August 2018

This gallery is just by the side of the pond by the town hall. Simple plain set of (4 i think) galleries on different levels. Has some well presented Iceland (modern) art exhibitions

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MikeFo
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