Explore the history of the city's early settlements at The Settlement Exhibition. The museum is based on an ancient Viking house that was discovered in 2001. There are many artifacts, objects, models and multimedia displays here that enunciate the first civilizations, their culture and lifestyle. You can also find here old photographs, manuscripts, archaeological findings and more. There is a museum shop from where you can buy souvenirs for keepsakes.
The National Museum of Iceland is the definitive historical and archeological museum of Iceland, illustrating the cultural tradition of this cold country's centuries of settlement. The permanent exhibit, titled 'Making of a Nation - Heritage and History in Iceland', depicts the history of Iceland, commencing from when the medieval settlers first arrived here to the modern day. The museum also features informative temporary exhibitions.
Whether you believe it or not, there is a Botanical Garden in Reykjavik. It was founded in 1961, with 200 Icelandic species to begin with. Now it contains around 4,000 species, from all over the world. There are ponds and footpaths in the garden, and it is a wonderful experience to walk through on a nice summer day. All the plants are well documented and marked. A visit can therefore be educational as well as fun. You will be surprised by some of the plants surviving there.
The Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum itself is a part of the collection, as it is a unique building, a mixture of Egyptian pyramids and Arabic domes, mostly designed and built by the artist himself. He also sought inspiration from the Mediterranean countries; the exterior as well as the interior walls are white and smooth, creating a quiet and elegant frame for his provocative and powerful sculptures. Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982) was one of the pioneers of Icelandic sculpture and, like so many of his generation, he was mainly inspired by Icelandic nature and literature, as well as creating grand masterpieces in praise of the common people. While his first sculptures are fairly realistic, he moved on to abstract work in the last decades of his life, and the museum reflects the changes in his artistic vision.
Formerly known as Akranes Museum Center, it encapsulates an exhibition hall, a folk museum, few buildings dating back to the 19th Century CE and boats. You shall find multiple exhibitions within the hall and the museum as well. The houses and boats form the open air museum. The Akranes Folk Museum showcases artifacts that portray cultural and historical value of the Akranes area by collecting, registering and preserving items of these features. From September to May of every year, the museum is open but only for guided tours from 2p onward every weekday.
Kjarvalsstaðir is one of the museums that are part of the Reykjavik Art Museum. Located on the Miklatún Park, it accords tremendous importance to paintings and sculptures.
Few people are aware of Reykjavik's connection with punk in the 70s (through the 90s); a connection so strong that it deserved to have its own little museum. Housed within a former underground public toilet in the city, this museum was inaugurated by none other than lead singer of British punk band the Sex Pistols, Johnny Rotten. It narrates stories of these eventful decades through a series of interesting memorabilia, from instruments to old photographs and posters. Visitors can also listen to punk classics through old-timey, pull-down headphones.