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“A Bit of a Let Down After the National Museum”
Review of Culture House

Culture House
Ranked #50 of 182 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 6 September 2017

If you visit the National Museum you also get a ticket for the Culture House so we stopped in while touring the city. While the house itself is interesting the displays felt random and disjointed with no real connections to each other except they are all Icelandic art.

Overall it did not capture my interest after the wonderful National Museum....

Thank Fondue4two
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

Housed in a beautiful four story building, The Culture House is true to its mission, featuring a variety of art from eras dating back to Iceland's early days of settlement. Note that admission is free if you've already visited the National Museum.

Thank ggsmac
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

Every tourist should go here... Iceland has an incredible lineage of artists and storytellers. You like Game of Thrones? Lord of the Rings? Well many of the stories and creatures were taken from Icelandic fairytales and sagas. I loved the room about dreams and myths. There is a cool map of Iceland with all of the mythical (or real?) water/land creatures and where they come from. There is also a photo of a water serpent in one of the lakes... looks real to me! Each room has a different theme and a wall placard with some background info, but I wish there was a bit more to read. I wish each item had more of a description next to it. For example, there was a video with photos from a famous Icelandic saga depicted visually. I wish there was some text to go along with it so I could understand what it was in English.

Thank Jessica S
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

We went here on our last day in Reykjavik and were pleasantly surprised. A wonderful, quirky
Old building with a magnificent reading room and very well-done exhibit about Icelandic history and culture. From medieval manuscripts to traditional handicrafts and contemporary art, this was like a complete pocket history of the island. I wish we had come here on our first day. Also a nice gift shop, coffee shop and very friendly staff.

Thank Debannes
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

To be perfectly honest, I thought the Reykjavik Art Museum would be more like what I saw at the Culture House, a microcosm of Icelandic visual art that would give me a sense of the country's culture and history. Granted it's more of a boutique collection of pieces rather than a fully realized museum, but it does offer a variety of perspectives and styles that more effectively capture Iceland's heritage than the other museums in the city. Located a block away from Laugavegur, the city's main shopping street, it's housed in a beautifully classic building constructed in 1906-8.

One of the exhibits spotlights the old sagas and eddas written on delicate vellum and featured in dark rooms, while others show more contemporary views of the current political scene and environmental concerns. I appeared to be the only visitor during their first hour of opening, which seems like a shame given many of the treasures to be found here. There is a beautiful study area, an intimate cafe called Julia & Julia and a relatively large gift shop. Admission is 2,000 ISK (or $19), and for the price, this is a more efficient way of covering Iceland's cultural heritage in one place.

2  Thank Ed_Uyeshima
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