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Árbćjarsafn is the historical museum of the city of Reykjavík as well as an open air museum and a regional museum. Its purpose is to give the public an insight into the living conditions, work and recreational activities of the people of Reykjavík in earlier times.

Icelandic Phallological Museum
The Icelandic Phallological Museum in Húsavík, Iceland (formerly in Reykjavík) is a museum devoted to phallology. As of July 2006, the museum houses 245 specimens displayed like hunting trophies, embalmed in formaldehyde, or dried in display cases. The museum attempts to collect penis specimens from every mammal in Iceland, including several species that are endangered or currently extinct in Icelandic waters.

National Museum of Iceland
The National Museum of Iceland (Ţjóđminjasafn Íslands) was established on 24 February 1863, with Jón Árnason the first curator of the Icelandic collection, previously kept in Danish museums. The second curator, Sigurđur Guđmundsson, advocated the creation of an antiquarian collection, and the museum was called the Antiquarian Collection until 1911.

Ţjóđveldisbćrinn Stöng
Stöng is a reconstructed viking-era Long house or farmstead in Iceland. It is a replica of the building which stood at the site which was buried under volcanic ash in 1104 following the eruption of the volcano Hekla.

Gljúfrasteinn is a house in Mosfellsdalur, east of Reykjavík, Iceland. It was the home of Halldór Kiljan Laxness, a 1955 Nobel Prize for Literature winner, for 53 years. He moved there in 1945 and lived there until his death in 1998. The Icelandic government now runs a museum about Laxness and his life in the house.

The Sagamuseum transports you to the Viking Age and brings back to life renowned figures and major events in Icelandic history. The Museum is located in Perlan Reykjavík and is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm.

Herring Era Museum
The Herring Era Museum is Iceland’s largest maritime museum. The Boat House recreates the town’s bustling harbour of the 1950s, with many old fishing boats at the dock. Grána, a herring meal and oil factory of the 1930s shows how men and machines processed herring into meal and oil.

The Húsavík Whale Museum is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 1997. It's foremost aim is to provide detailed and interesting information about whales and their habitat. The Museum forms an educational component to the whale watching trips enjoyed in Húsavík during the summer months.

Einar Jónsson Museum
The museum office is open on weekdays from 8.00 to 16.00. Contact the office for information about group visits. The entrance to the sculpture garden is on Freyjugata. The garden is always open and admission is free.


Árnesinga Folk Museum
The Árnesinga Folk Museum is located at "The House", built in 1765 and one of the oldest surviving buildings in Iceland. Exhibits show local history and trace the different roles that The House has played during its long life.

Living Art Museum
The Living Art Museum is located at Laugavegur 26 (back-entrance) 101 Reykjavík.

Aquarium and Museum of Natural History in Vestmannaeyjar
The museum is divided into three areas, the mounted birds and fish, the aquarium and the rock and mineral display. Many of the things on display in the museum have been collected and donated by individuals. Most of the fish in the aquarium have arrived there due to the care and interest of seamen. They have always showed a great amount of interest in the aquarium which proves that not only are they fishermen at heart but also nature enthusiasts.

The Reykjavík Museum of Photography
The Reykjavík Museum of Photography is pleased to announce the exhibition SKOVBO by Viggo Mortensen. The title of the exhibition SKOVBOis from the photographer's second native language, Danish, and could be translated as “home in the forest” or in a wider context – life in the forest.