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.
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.
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.
Exhibiting unique works of art, Gufunes is an ancient estate found in the northeastern part of Reykjavík. According to most of the historical sources, the estate was a private land. Some evidence points out to the existence of a church here since the 12th Century. The church was apportioned to The Holy Mother of God. Today, the museum exhibits nearly 25 sculpted works by Hallsteinn Sigurðsson
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.
Kjarvalsstadir-Listasafn Reykjavikur was one of the very first establishments which was founded solely for the purpose of hosting art exhibitions. Along with regular exhibitions of the famous Icelandic painter, Johannes Sveinsson Kjarval, the museum is also host to year-round temporary modern art exhibits by painters and sculptors from around the world. While here, you may enjoy a cup of coffee at the museum cafe as you take in the view from their floor-to-ceiling windows.
Open all year round, Aurora Reykjavík is an interactive, educational and recreational center that educates visitors about the myths, legends and science behind Northern Lights. Visitors can have a surreal experience of this natural phenomenon on their large 22.9-feet (7 meters) wide projection screen. When the skies are clear and the season is right, they conduct fully-guided tours to witness the spectacularly breathtaking Aurora Borealis.
Immerse yourself in the world of whales at this fascinating museum which offers a plethora of information regarding the majestic creatures. Life-size models will welcome you as you step into the space specifically designed to evoke a sensation of being submerged underwater. Put on a pair of goggles and engage in some virtual reality fun, or walk around the expansive exhibition hall to admire the models on display. You can also make a pit stop at the on-site cafe or browse through funky souvenirs at the shop located within the premises.