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"The Einar Jonsson Museum - Listasafn Einars Jónss." Top 5 Page for this destination Reykjavík Things to Do Tip by Regina1965

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  Heimir (1950) in the sculpture garden.
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  • Heimir (1950) in the sculpture garden. - Reykjavík
      Heimir (1950) in the sculpture garden.
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  • The sculpture garden in winter time. - Reykjavík
      The sculpture garden in winter time.
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  • Listasafn Einars Jónssonar/The museum. - Reykjavík
      Listasafn Einars Jónssonar/The museum.
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  • The sculpture garden behind the museum. - Reykjavík
      The sculpture garden behind the museum.
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  • The king of Atlantis in the sculpture garden. - Reykjavík
      The king of Atlantis in the sculpture garden.
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This museum is my absolute favourite, a true gem, the sculptures, the paintings, the drawings and all of his work (all in all close to 300) is amongst the most beautiful I have ever seen, so if you are an admirer of sculptures don't miss visiting this museum.

Einar studied in Copenhagen and lived for a while in Berlin and Rome, which influenced his work.

There is a sculpture garden with 26 bronze casts behind the museum which is open to public free of charge and open even when the museum is closed.

One can see Einar's work in many places in Reykjavík, by the cemetery at Suðurgata, opposite the intersection by The National Museum, is his work "The Outlaw", the sculpture of "Ingólfur Arnarson" the first settler, is located on Arnarhóll, the hill above the harbour down-town, and the statue of our national independence hero "Jón Sigurðsson" (whose birth-date we chose as our National day, 17th of June) is located on Austurvöllur opposite the Parliament "Alþingishúsið". All of these statues are the work of Einar Jónsson, Iceland's first working sculptor. Before his time only one big sculpture could be found in Reykjavík.

This museum officially opened in 1923 and Einar (1874-1954) had donated all of his work to the Icelandic nation on the condition that a museum would be opened to house his work - in his own house, which is a work of art in itself. The name of the house is Hnitbjörg and it is preserved. For the longest time this house was the only house on the Skólavörðuholt hill.

Do visit the museum's website for pictures of his work and more information on Einar Jónsson. I highly recommend this museum and don't think his inspired work will leave anybody untouched.

Museum hours: Winter opening hours - weekends from 13:00-17:00. Closed in December and January.

The admission fee is 1000 ISK for adults, children under 18 visit for free.

A condition Einar Jónsson put was that the museum could not be advertised. Which makes the business of running the museum a difficult one. All of the tourists visit Hallgrímskirkja church, which is next to the museum, but they don´t know about this wonderful museum. Thus the opening hours are so short as there is lack of money for keeping it open at normal hours. A Catch 22 really :(

Address: Eiríksgata right opposite Hallgrímskirkja.
Directions: Walk from Lækjartorg up Bankastræti, which is the beginning of Laugavegur, but turn right on Skólavörðustígur, which takes you straight to Hallgrímskirkja. On the right side of Hallgrímskirkja across the street is The Einar Jónsson museum.
Phone: +354-551-3797 +354-8983913

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