I found this Art Museum worth a visit as there were some interesting exhibits, and i believe that most works were from the Erro collection. Erro is an Icelandic pop artist who was born in 1932 who has donated many of his works to the museum. Erro made Paris his home and has lived there for years. The building is called Harbor house and it used to be a warehouse but was renovated and the Art Museum occupied the building since 2001.
The Reykavik Art Museum is Iceland's largest art museum with its exhibits spread over three locations. Due to lack of time, I decided to visit Kjarvalsstaðir only. If you have enough time however, you can visit all three sites with the same ticket.
Kjarvalsstaðir's exhibition mostly consists of the work of artist Johannes Kjarval, but has also some works of other artists. That said, the focus here is on 19th and early 20h century painting. The exhibition was not bad at all and I found some works which appealed to my mind, but still I found this place disappointingly small. Maybe you should consider the larger Hafnarhus (or Asmunarsafn, if large sculptures are your thing) if you have only time for one of the three parts.
The Reykjavík Art Museum is located in 3 different buildings, of which I have made other tips here, Kjarvalsstaðir, The Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture museum and Hafnarhús (Harbour house), where this Art museum is located.
Here you can see contemporary art and a permanent exhibition on the works of the Icelandic artist ERRO.
There is a restaurant in this museum with a beautiful view of the Reykjavík harbour and from time to time there are concerts there and competitions (f.ex. who is the best chef).
Hafnarhúsið was built in 1932-39 as a warehouse and offices for the Reykjavík harbour and was one of the largest buildings in small Reykjavík back then. It was used as a storage room for large amounts of fishing nets. And it housed the offices of Hafskip, one of our shipping companies, which was forced into bankruptcy in 1985.
The museum is open every day from 10-17 and Thursdays from 10-22.
Admission: ISK 1.000.
There are 3 museum which belong to The Reykjavík Art Museum, one of them is Kjarvalsstaðir, the other ones are Hafnarhús and Ásmundarsafn (see my tip). Kjarvalsstaðir was opened in 1973 and hosts a permanent exhibition of the beautiful work of Jóhannes S. Kjarval (1885-1972) in Kjarval Hall. Kjarval was one of our most beloved artists, he was a legend in his own time and to own a Kjarval-painting is considered to be give you quite a status here in Iceland. His work is absolutely beautiful and he captures the essence of Icelandic nature in his paintings.
In other showrooms there are various exhibitions by Icelandic and international artist of the 20th century.
Guided tours in English are available at Kjarvalsstadir upon request.
There is a caféteria at Kjarvalsstaðir with a beautiful view of Miklatún park and Perlan, which is an oasis in the city by the crowded street of Miklubraut.
By the entrance there is a museum shop.
As in most other museums taking pictures if not allowed.
The museum is open from 10-17 and admission is now ISK 1.000.
Here is a 360° view of Kjarvalsstaðir art museum.
Founded in 1973, The Reykjavik Art Museum has three locations. During my visit, I only called into two of them. The museum serves as the Institute of Contemporary Art.
The exhibitions were good, I even had a coffee and cake in the cafe. They were in fact using the rooms as a venue for a weekend long chess tournament.
In addition to being an art museum the RAM is a great music venue during the Airwaves Festival and possibly at other times. The exhibitions are always fun including the work of the fabulously named Icelandic Love Corporation which seems to comprise of a group of mad girls having a great laugh. Should they require any assistance for the sake of art I stand ready to help;)