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Address: Sigtun, Reykjavik, Iceland
Phone Number: +354 553 2155
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Asmundarsafn is the former home and workshop of the sculptor Asmundur...

Asmundarsafn is the former home and workshop of the sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson, who designed and mostly constructed this building himself in Laugardalur. The museum served to preserve his work and life, and displays the largest collection of his sculptures both inside and outside the building. Asmundur's art greatly reflects his lifelong interest in the Icelandic sagas, folk tales and classical mythology.

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Visited as it was windy and cold outside. The museum itself is quite an interesting building with the inner part resembling a staircase more familiar within a prison. The were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 7, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

I spent my last day in Reykjavik visiting all 3 museums and it was well worth the trek to them as they encompass different locations. Each was well worth the visit, especially the largest of them by the old harbour on the waterfront as it houses some outstanding collections. My other favorite was Ásmundarsafn since it is the home/studio of... More 

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Tallinn, Estonia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

The museum itself is worth the visit for its architectural value, but it's worth noting that the sculpture park surrounding it is unpassable in winter when the weather's not been great (as recently). Inside, Asmundur Sveinsson's work is seen throughout, but perhaps not highlighted quite as much as it might be; among the other works currently on display as part... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We got free entrance to this with another attraction and decided to trek all of the way across town (were originally in Downtown Reykjavik) to take a look at this interesting house. The architecture is great, the gallery staff were helpful and it was interesting to see the installations, if a little bit out of the way.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Visited as it was windy and cold outside. The museum itself is quite an interesting building with the inner part resembling a staircase more familiar within a prison. The were several artists work on display, but these were quite small compared to any other art galleries I have visited previously.

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Thank Angela H
Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

I really enjoy visiting this museum. The art collection is great and very interesting, I ended up losing my mind and buying and expensive painting! Great for a rainy day too!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

We arrived early to this beautiful building, and were very lucky as Elisabet was about to show around a party of school children, and gave us a private view! The Gallery is a white modernist building, flooded with light and was designed and built by the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson, whose work fills the generous sculpture garden and of who featured... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

We went to this interesting building, just a short walk from the city. About 20 - 30 minutes. We sadly got there to early to get in. But not all is lost. There are some fantastic works of art outside. Next time we'll get inside. Be sure to check opening times.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

This is a very well laid-out museum, in terms of room size, and display space, and it's a very pretty building. However, it is very small. I was hoping at least one room would be devoted to popular Icelandic artists or a popular theme i.e. landscapes of Iceland through the ages, etc. but each of the 3 rooms were devoted... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

The range of works spans the artists entire career and the building itself was his home and studio. This is a "hidden gem" in Reykjavik.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This museum isn't in the town centre but if you like sculptures it's definitely worth a visit. The sculpture garden is free but you have to pay to go inside.

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