Best Art Museum
Hamraborg 4, 200 Kópavogur
Gerðarsafn is often unfairly neglected when discussing the best that the Greater Reykjavík Area has to offer, despite being only a quick 10 minute drive from downtown. The museum has shown incredible ambition in recent years, putting on a staggering number of events and exhibitions which often serves to transport the conversations taking place outside the museum walls into the exhibition space — such as immigration and gender issues.
The Living Art Museum
Grandagarður 20, 101 Reykjavík
The Living Art Museum (Nýlistasafnið) is a modern art museum located at a nexus of an artist-owned gallery, non-profit artist run space and an artist’s studio (oh, and there’s an Italian restaurant on the first floor). Similar to Gerðarsafn, Nýló is willing to engage with social issues, while skewing slightly more avant-garde in their displays. The Marshall House building and the surrounding area is also an excellent example of the renewal that has happened in Grandi and the result makes for a charming date spot.
The Reykjavík Art Museum
Tryggvagata 17, 101 Reykjavík
The list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the Reykjavík Art Museum. While the past year has not been a particular stand-out for the museum, its Hafnarhús location is still one of the main conduits bringing big name international, contemporary artists into the country. Besides, it’s the perfect place to dip in on a windy day for a coffee and some merch to give your friend who has everything.
2022: Reykjavík Art Museum
2021: Reykjavík Art Museum
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