Tag Archives: Reykjavík

Fair Weather Museum Roundup

August 28, 2013

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We’ve almost reached the end of August, but with a little bit of luck it’s not the end of summer. Or maybe we’ll have a golden Autumn. Whatever the season, when the weather is fair, there are plenty of outdoors museum destinations to head to. Here’s a round up of some of my favourites that have featured on Museum Diary. Open Air Museums Domäne Dahlem, Berlin, Germany Historic Village of Hokkaido, Sapporo, Japan Museumsdorf Düppel, Berlin, Germany St Fagan’s National History Museum, near Cardiff, Wales […]

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Museum City Guide: My Top 5 in Reykjavík

July 29, 2013

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Reykjavík holds a special place in our hearts – it’s where we spent the majority of our honeymoon. And yes, part of that was spent at a museum conference, but just for the record – my husband didn’t mind and thought it was fun to get to see me speak. In fact, he really enjoys visiting museums himself too, so we clocked up quite a few during our trip. Sometimes people are surprised at how many museums there are in Reykjavík, considering Iceland is overall […]

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Icelandic Art Attack

October 18, 2009

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We’re back home from our honeymoon now, but I wanted to write a little bit more about some of the art museums we visited in Iceland. With three buildings spread across the city, Listasafn Reykjavíkur – the Reykjavík Art Museum – has quite a prominent presence. And, even better, it offers free admission! During our stay, we managed to visit two of the sites: Hafnarhús, which houses the museum’s contemporary art, is easily the most impressive size wise, being situated down by the harbour in […]

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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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