Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús
See the artistic side of Iceland with an exploration of the museum’s three sites. Hafnarhús, located in the old harbor, displays contemporary art in six galleries. At Kjarvalsstaðir, learn about artist Johannes S. Kjarval and see his paintings and sculptures. At Ásmundarsafn, go inside the building where sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson lived and worked.
The Reykjavik Art Museum takes part in the Reykjavik City Card program that offers free access to museums and galleries, swimming pools, and unlimited travel within the city.
Things to know before you go
- The Reykjavik Art Museum is a must-see attraction for art lovers, architecture enthusiasts, and families seeking educational experiences.
- Hafnarhús and Kjarvalsstaðir offer good access for wheelchair users; access at Asmundarsafn is limited due to the design of the building.
- Strollers, large bags, and umbrellas are not allowed in the galleries; lockers are available on-site.
- Photography is allowed, but use of flash and tripods are prohibited.
How to get there
Reykjavik has a compact city center and the galleries are easily accessible on foot. All three sites are also accessible by public transportation. For Hafnarhus, take the 1, 3, 6, 11, 12, 13, or 14 bus. For Kjarvalsstaðir, take the 1, 3, 6, 11, or 13 bus. For Asmundarsafn, take the 2, 4, 14, 15, 17, or 19 bus. All sites have parking.
When to get there
Each of the museum sites has its own hours; check the website for details. Hafnarhús offers extended evening hours once per week. Ásmundarsafn has limited hours during the winter months. In general, the most popular time of year to visit is during the summer; visit first thing in the morning for the most peaceful experience.
An art walk in Reykjavik
To experience art outside of the museum, download the Art Walk mobile app. Created by the Reykjavik Art Museum, this app guides the way to approximately 200 public artworks spread throughout the city. It also includes an audio guide and information on the artists.
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