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“Delightful Small Museum”
Review of Culture House

Culture House
Ranked #54 of 189 things to do in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The exhibition Points of View at the Culture House takes guests on a journey through the Icelandic visual world of past and present. Artifacts and works of art from the varied collections of six institutions provide a reflection of Iceland's visual art history and cultural heritage. Artists with different backgrounds and living conditions have expressed similar ideas at all times. There are seven points of view to be found in as many wings of the Culture House, connecting what you'll see, independent from the medium or time.
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

This was our first stop after picking up a Reykjavik City Card which gives adults free admission (kids are already free). There are delightful displays of artworks and artifacts housed in what was once the national library. It took about an hour to explore everything and I rather enjoyed it. There was even a Narwhale horn along with various paintings and other exhibits.

Thank AlexanderD
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

It was unknown to us but we visited because we were given free tickets at the national Museum. It is an old building which needs some navigating. Mainly exhibits literary artefacts.

Thank M V
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

This small museum has a variety of exhibits, each going into its particular topic in some depth. Collectively, they provided us a sense of Iceland's history and culture that we didn't gain at other museums or locations.

Thank Tom W
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

This is the sort of museum that you need to warm up to before you fully start to appreciate and understand what it has on offer and how it is all arranged - give it time and it will really surprise you (in a good way!). Also if you're more of a pragmatist, the National Museum of Iceland and the Culture House have an arrangement so if you buy a ticket for one, you get free entry into the other (value for money - always a good incentive to go!).

The staff were hugely helpful and interesting - they talked to us about the Norse God Church, their family stories about elf-encounters, their love of the old manuscripts and even helpfully suggested the best places to buy Icelandic jumpers!

The layout of the museum is a bit confusing at first and themed around the idea of 'Points of View' - it basically tackles different aspects of Icelandic culture and is arranged by theme rather than time-period which is refreshing. The ground floor is focused on religion and old manuscripts, which is a bit harder to engage with than the other floors, so I'd suggest you download the guide onto your phone. As you climb the stairs to the different floors, you get to experience rooms dedicated to sorcery and witchcraft, the formation of the nation, engagement with the landscape (through art/ text/ sculpture) and much more.

A highlight was seeing a beautiful cloth which is said to have been woven and gifted by an elf women; the staff explained how the lights in this case would mysteriously turn off and on at night, leading them to believe that there was indeed something special about it.

Would definitely recommend visiting this (but probably without younger children) - give it time and chat to the staff as they really enhance the whole experience.

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

This is an offshoot of the National Museum, but is located right off the main shopping street. It took only a short time, but I especially liked some of the paintings on display, If you buy a ticket for either this or the National Museum, it is good for both of them.

Thank Janet W
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