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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%
  • Average30%
  • Poor16%
  • 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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"icelandic artists"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Probably a 10-15 walk from downtown Reykjavik. Really just 4 or 5 galleries- some contemporary; some classic Icelandic. Interesting architecture. Neat elevator. A nice break from the Vikings. Cafe was closed but offered “free” coffee

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not big but a nice overview of Icelandic artist. We also got passes to other museums as part of our admission.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just came from the National Museum of Iceland where I was totally impressed. Next stop was another National Museum. To my surprise, this was a downer. It was small. Honestly, as a side note, they should just combine small museums into one instead of...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was surprised this was not larger-the building itself though, is quite impressive, lots of glass, natural light and interesting angles. My favorite exhibit was "Treasures of a Nation" which included selected works from the permanent collection. There are some really wonderful pieces included. Second...More

1  Thank Denise D
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Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

I would have expected the National Gallery to have more floor space. There were interesting collections but I expect I did it in a half hour.

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Reviewed June 5, 2018

I was really hoping to see work from some of Iceland's most famous painters. There were a handful of examples, but I wanted to see much more of Louisa Matthiasdottir's work, and there was a single self-portrait. The setting and the architecture are both very...More

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Reviewed April 26, 2018

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

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Reviewed March 27, 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

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Reviewed March 22, 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 March 5, 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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