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Reykjavik Art Museum - Asmundarsafn

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Address: Sigtun, Reykjavik 105, Iceland
Phone Number: 3544116430
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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The offerings were unique and modern. Like so much in Iceland, the culture is vibrant and stands o its own without demeaning itself to tourist stereotypes.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Whitby, Ontario
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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first excursion upon arriving in Iceland because it was close to our hotel and we really enjoyed going here. The artist's work represented the Icelandic culture very well and was also just plain good! It was too late to take advantage of the pass for the other two museums but we still felt like it was worth... More 

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Whitby, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The offerings were unique and modern. Like so much in Iceland, the culture is vibrant and stands o its own without demeaning itself to tourist stereotypes.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Close to Reykjavik Lights hotel. Arrived at 11 am to find the opening times stated as from 1 pm. But a man in a uniform who was calling in to the museum told us we could go in. Whilst he looked like a policeman - or traffic warden - or the man from the Water Board, he popped his head... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

Visiting art museums is my routine@new city. Didn't know what to expect but ISK 1500 got 3 art museums in one day. This one is the best. The bldg outlook is interesting & unusual. I was more amazed when learnt about the designs r from the artist himself. The exhibit of the falling blocks fits the bldg so well. One... More 

Thank Seaportnyc
Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

We were looking for somewhere to visit on our last day in the city and visited here following walking around the Botanical Gardens. It is a very small museum, however the entrance fee allows you to also visit 2 other art museums in the city, so worth paying. The museum hosts a few sculptures and a modern exhibition which was... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Any traveler to Reykjavik who is interested in art, especially abstraction in 2 and 3 dimensions, will not want to miss this gorgeous museum.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

I visited this museum with my Reykjavik City Card, which gives free admission to museums and inclusive bus travel for 1, 2 or 3 days. The entry fee is 15000 ISK (approx £11), but is free with the card. The museum was the artist's home prior to his death. It is is very airy and there are sevral of his... More 

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Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Devoted to the work of one sculptor, Asmundur Sveinsson, his geometric home/studio that houses and is set inside the collection was also designed and built by him. Lovely garden for strolling and viewing the sculptures, good signage includes giving his motivation in creating the home as a domed structure with pyramidical side additions. Nice gift shop, friendly staff, and complimentary... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

We did not know anything about Asmundur Sveinsson prior to visiting his house and museum - now we are big fans! I highly recommend starting and ending your visit in the little coffee area, getting to know a little about Asmundur by reading the time line on the wall and skimming through one of the books there for some fascinating... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

This museum, which was the home designed and built by the sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson, reflects his happiness and healthy life - not necessarily what we see in many artist stories. The guide, Claus, brought to life the sculptor's world and then left me to reflect on the many works, which show the harmony and creativity of the man's life. A... More 

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