The National Gallery of Iceland was founded in 1884 in Copenhagen Denmark by Bjorn Bjarnason and consisted of donated artwork mainly from Danish artists.

The Museum remained in independent institute until 1916 when Alþingi (The Icelandic Parliament) decided to make it a department in the National Heritage Museum.

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In 1987 the collection was moved to its present location. The National Gallery is a national museum. The main emphasis of the collection is on the 19th and 20th century Icelandic art, but international art is featured as well.

International art

The museum owns the most valuable collection of works by Icelandic artists in the country, but also renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Edward Munch, Karol Appel, Hans Hartung, Victor Vasarely, Richard Serra and Richard Tuttle.

The National Gallery of Iceland regularly holds colorful exhibitions reflecting its collection. The National Gallery of Iceland also hosts exhibitions by individual artists, Icelandic as well as foreign ones. Extensive publication of books, catalogs, posters and post-cards compliment these.

Entrance fee

Adults: 1.500 ISK.
67 years and older: 750 ISK
Disabled: 750 kr.
Groups 10+: 750 ISK

Opening hours

September 16 – May 14: 11-17 (closed on Mondays)

May 15 – September 15: Daily 10-17

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