Listasafn Íslands (National Gallery of Iceland)
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- Listasafn Íslands (National Gallery of Iceland)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to ReviewFeb 16, 2014
The National Museum of Iceland (Þjóðminjasafn Íslands) was established in 1863. Before settling at its present location, the collections were held in various places. The role of this museum is to increase and relay knowledge of Icelandic cultural heritage, from the nation´s earliest settlement through to the modern day. I spent a pleasant and very educational couple hours here, and it was well worth the walk past the Tjörnin to get here.
The first highlight is the Making of a Nation - Heritage and History in Iceland Exhibition. It is presented in the main galleries on the second and third floors. Here the past meets the future as I explored how Iceland, its culture and society, developed from the early settlers in the late 9th century up to the modern days. The exhibition contains about 2,000 artefacts from all periods of Icelandic history as well as numerous well selected photographs from the 20th century. Various forms of multimedia are used to educate and inspire as I chose to either walk through time or follow special and well marked themes through the exhibition.
I also enjoyed the Exhibit that commemorates the 40th anniversary of “The Match of the Century” between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. That was a big "Cold War" deal back in 1972, and it was cool to look at the pictures, one of the actual chess boards, a seating recreation, and some of the actual notes and final game positions.
Last but not least during my visit was the photography exhibit on the 1st Floor. This particular gallery presentation recalled a bold rescue of British Sailors who had run aground on the Iceland Coast many years ago.
The gift shop is also nice. I left with a nice Thor's Hammer statue I gave to my Son when I returned. He thought it was really cool.Recommended for: