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What formerly stood as a warehouse, finally made way for the Habour House Museum in 1932. For over a decade now, the Harbor House Museum has been operating under the Reykjavik Art Museum. Most of the exhibits on display here belong to renowned artist Erró. Call ahead for more details.
The Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur (Reykjavík Museum of Photography) is a fast-growing museum, with an increasingly important role in Reykjavík's cultural landscape. The Museum's main role is the collection, conservation and documentation of photographs relating to the city, and it now has a collection of over 1.5 million photographs, negatives and prints, by both amateur and professional photographers. Serving as a source and creator of visual documentation of Reykjavík and Iceland, the museum holds regular exhibitions, displaying the work of international and Icelandic photographers. Admission is free.
Reykjavik Municipal Archives is centrally located in the city of Reykjavik. The museum was established with an aim to preserve the city's important documents and archives. It also houses personal collections of the country's former heads including Bjarni Benediktsson and Olafur Thorsand. The various archives document the history as well as the functioning of key public as well as private institutions in Iceland.
Kristskirkja is dedicated to Jesus Christ and is the bishopric for the small Roman Catholic community in Iceland. Being one of few non-Lutheran churches in Iceland, it is well worth visiting. Furthermore, it is beautifully designed and situated in the center of Reykjavík. Inside the church there is a statue of Iceland's patron saint, St Thorlac (1133-1193) - declared thus by Pope John Paul II in 1984. Above the high altar there is a statue, carved from cedar, of Christ standing on the world. The artist gave instructions that it was not to be copied, so it is unique. The statue was given to the cathedral by Pope Pius XI. Inside there is also a wooden statue of the Holy mother and Child, thought to be from the fourteenth century. The cathedral's crucifix and the bishop's chair were carved by Ríkharður Jónsson, an Icelandic artist, and are well worth viewing. On the outside there is a bust of Bishop Meulenberg (1872-1941). He is claimed to have been responsible for the building of the cathedral.
Kogga's work has been popular from the beginning, and is by now among Iceland's most respected ceramic art. A Kogga piece is found in quite many Icelandic homes. The eggs, made of white ceramic and decorated with intricate patterns, figurative and abstract. Somehow one came to feel that a particular kind of luck came with those eggs, much like with the eggs of life and fate in the fairy tales. Kogga makes both functional and sculptural pieces out of ceramics, and her work is influenced by the rough nature of Iceland, with strong structural surface-decoration. The studio and gallery are located in the cavelike cellar of one of Vesturgata's lovely old buildings, close by antique shop Fríða frænka, and the Reykjavík Art Museum. Admission is free.
A scenic repository that pays tribute to Iceland's seafaring culture, the Reykjavik Maritime Museum is located along the city's harborfront. The museum is built into a former fish freezing factory unit, a plant that was originally built on the Grandi landfill. It explores the time-honored legacy of Iceland's fishing past, alluding to the time when early settlers depended heavily on fishing for livelihood. Over the years, fishing practices burgeoned into a larger industry, thus accelerating Iceland's prosperous growth over the years. The maritime museum also hosts a stunning nautical relic that was acquired in 2008, the former Coast Guard Vessel Óðinn. Fastened to the pier adjacent to the museum, this grand vessel served a prime role in all three Cod Wars between 1950 and 1970. Iceland's first steel ship Magni, also stands at the pier in resolute magnificence.