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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.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average33%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible12%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Frikirkjuvegur 7, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A real mix of modern and classic art alongside photography and some unusual installations. But the most exciting piece for us was the discovery, at the end of our visit, of a Picasso sculpture. Jacqueline au Ruban Jaune (or, Jacqueline With A Yellow Ribbon) has...More

Thank Elaine P
Reviewed 1 week ago

On a cold late November day,I visited the National Gallery of Iceland and appreciated its fine collection of paintings primarily by 20th Century Icelandic painters.At this relatively smaller art museum,I saw fine paintings depicting the beauty of Iceland and the city of Reykjavik.Paintings that I...More

Thank margatemensch2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not knowing anything about Icelandic art or artists, I stopped in here while walking around the Tjörnin lake in the center of downtown. This small museum highlights Icelandic artists through the ages, from early folk art-type paintings to contemporary installations. The interpretive descriptions did a...More

Thank SmooveBB
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It has three floors with different type of art. None of it was my thing. Ok to kill some time, but don‘t expect too much.

Thank Fabio-Raffaele D
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

We went to kill time and we accomplished our goal. 3 floors of different pieces of art, but not our cup of tea. I am sure others will like it.

Thank T P
Reviewed 14 October 2017

If this is the cream of the crop of Icelandic art, it's a good thing they have volcanoes, geysers and other attractions. A quick visit it all you need. The most interesting thing to me was that they had original Barcelona chairs throughout, so they...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 14 October 2017

A lovely place for a short visit and a coffee with your citypass! Some interesting paintings and a very quirky temporary exhibition.

Thank Alistair K
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Small museum with collection of works solely by Icelandic artists. Somewhat interesting if that's what you are interested in. Almost no contemporary artists except for one special installation that was worth the visit, but it is not part of their permanent collection.

Thank metaligenics
Reviewed 26 September 2017

The Gallery is the home of the Vasulka Chamber, which houses the work and archival materials of Woody and Steina Vasulka, artists who pioneered the use of video in the United States from the 1970s onwards. It has a really well curated selection of video...More

1  Thank Earlyvideoresearcher
Reviewed 13 September 2017

cannot believe the amount of exhibits. it is just a joke, sorry, am usually writing only positive experiences , but his was not worth getting out of the house for.

1  Thank welltravelledHamburg
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