Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), Reykjavik

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Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) houses artworks by Iceland's first major sculptor, and the artist's penthouse apartment is preserved in its original condition. Jónsson offered all of his works as a gift to the Icelandic people in 1909, and the museum was built soon after, following the artist's design. The main gallery is filled with fantastical sculptures of Vikings and mythical heroes. The sculpture garden with bronze casts of the artist's works was formally opened in 1984. Look for the peculiar ring of stones between the office and museum buildings, put down by the sculptor himself. The museum shop sells plaster casts and postcards of exhibited works, as well as books about Jónsson's life and art. Use our Reykjavik day trip website to visit Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) on your trip to Reykjavik, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We enjoyed the sculpture garden and went through the museum. The sculptures are remarkable in the detail and imagination. 
    We enjoyed the sculpture garden and went through the museum. The sculptures are remarkable in the detail and imagination.  more »
  • This museum was a highlight of my Reykjavik trip being central and a treasure trove of sculptures both inside the museum and outside in the gardens. The craftmanship is on another level and when I... 
    This museum was a highlight of my Reykjavik trip being central and a treasure trove of sculptures both inside the museum and outside in the gardens. The craftmanship is on another level and when I...  more »
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  • Cool museum with impressive sculptures throughout 2 floors, and the artist’s apartment on the 3rd. If you want free, some of the sculptures on a smaller scale are in a peaceful park/garden out back that you can wonder.
  • Across the street from Hallgrímskirkja. Beautiful and free sculpture garden with themes from old Norse mythology, Icelandic sagas, and Icelandic history. Quiet outdoor space in the center of Reykjavík.

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