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Icelanders are doing it for themselves

October 13, 2009

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One thing that stood out for us in Iceland, was the number of museums that had been created and were in some cases still being run by the same person. I’ve already written about the Phallological Museum, which started out as a personal collection and is still owned and run by its founder and curator. In fact, the reason it moved from the capital of Reykjavík to the small northern town of Húsavik was that he retired and relocated there, taking the museum with him. […]

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Reykjavík Museum of Photography

October 12, 2009

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Despite having managed to cover a lot of Reykjavík’s museums during the conference last week, we still managed to find some more we hadn’t visited. The Reykjavík Museum of Photography is an independent museum with an annual programme of changing exhibitions. It’s small but admission is free, and with around ten exhibitions each year there will no doubt always be something new to discover. We spent some time there in their current exhibition ‘Ma France’ by Hungarian born photographer André Kertesz, which chronicled scenes from […]

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Reykjavík Maritime Museum

October 6, 2009

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Reykjavík Maritime Museum

I thought I’d devote an extra little blog post to the Reykjavík Maritime Museum, as according to their website, “Visting Iceland without learning something about its maritime tradition is like going to England and ignoring its royalty.” I don’t know about the British Royal Family, but the museum is in a unique location overlooking the old fishing harbour. The permanent exhibitions cover the evolution of Icelandic fishing and coastal culture through the centuries, including a mock-up of a pier alongside an historic ship, which aims […]

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Húsavík Whale Museum – Photo Gallery

September 29, 2009

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Here are some more photographs from our visit to the Húsavík Whale Museum:

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Quote: Sigurður Hjartarson

September 28, 2009

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Sigurður Hjartarson, Curator, Icelandic Phallological Museum   Related posts you might like:

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Icelandic Phallological Museum

September 28, 2009

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Icelandic Phallological Museum

The Whale Museum is not the only museum that Húsavik is famous for. It is also home to the very unique Icelandic Phallological Museum. Despite usually being closed at this time of year, we were able to schedule a visit with the founder and curator Sigurður Hjartarson (who, as it turns out, studied Latin American History at the University of Edinburgh in the 60s). The museum started in the 70s as a hobby, with a single gifted bull’s penis, and has since grown to encompass […]

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