Christmas Programme at Árbær Open Air Museum 2022

Celebrate Christmas in the old-fashioned way at the Árbær Open Air Museum on the 11 and 18 December.

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Á Landnámssýningunni / At The Settlement Exhibition

Autumn School Break 21-25 October 2022

Reykjavík City Museum welcomes families during the autumn break of the elementary schools in Reykjavík from 21-25 October. During that time, there will be free admission for adults accompanying children.

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Hrekkjavaka Árbæjarsafns / Halloween at Árbær Open Air Museum

Halloween at Árbær Open Air Museum 2022

Halloween will be held at Árbær Open Air Museum on Monday, 31 October, from 17:30-20:00.

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Mynd af fálka sem situr á steini./ Photo of a falcon sitting on a stone.

Daníel Bergmann │Falcons

Falcons is the title of an exhibit by the Icelandic photographer Daníel Bergmann which will be opened in Skotið at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography Thursday, 20 October at 16:00.

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Viðey Friðarsúlan

The illumination of the Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island 2022

The Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island will be illuminated for the 16th time on Sunday, 9 October, at 20:00. The event programme has been has been cancelled due to bad weather forecast.

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Elvar Örn Kjartansson - Skolphreinsistöð Sæbraut

Elvar Örn Kjartansson │The System

Opening at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography Saturday 17 September at 14:00. Free admission and everyone is welcome.

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Aðskotadýr (Intruders) is the title of Hlutverkasetur's art exhibition on the ground floor at the Reykjavík Maritime Museum. The subject of the exhibition is the interaction of human beings with the marine environment and marine pollution. The President of Iceland, Mr Guðni Th. Jóhannesson will open the exhibition on Thursday 1 September at 16:00.

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Caraway harvesting

The Caraway Seeds on Viðey Island are ripe for picking, and you are invited for a special harvesting trip on Saturday, August 27 at 12:15.

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Skákmót TR og Árbæjarsafns

Chess Tournament

A chess tournament will be held at Árbær Open Air Museum Sunday, September 28 at 14:00. The event is organized by the Reykjavík Chess Club in collaboration with the Museum.

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Pier party on Culture Night 2022

Get on your dancing shoes for a pier party on Culture Night.

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Árbær Open Air Museum 65th anniversary

Árbær Open Air Museum will celebrate its 65th anniversary on 14 August with a behind-the-scenes programme. Everyone is welcome to the festivities, which are free of charge.

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Culture Night 2022 at Reykjavík City Museum

It will be inspiring as always to visit Reykjavík City Museum for Culture Night 20 August, where people of all ages get to know and enjoy the history that our society is based on.

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Rainbow Kite Workshop

Diversity will be celebrated on Sunday, August 7 in Árbær Open Air Museum where guests will be invited to take part in creating kites in all colours of the rainbow.

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Come and play!

During Bank Holiday Weekend, July 31 and August 1, kids can have fun playing outdoor games at the Árbær Open Air Museum as well as enjoy a ride on the swing or try out hula hoops and other toys. At 13:00 and onwards kids can compete in all kinds of games such as sack race and tug of war.

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Hula Hoop Magic

Hula Hoop magic will be offered Sunday 24 July at Árbær Open Air Museum, when Húlladúllan Unnur María Máney Bergsveinsdóttir will visit the museum and teach visitors various tricks with hula hoops.

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Folktales for children

Folktales will be brought to life on Viðey Island on Saturday 23 July at 12:15 in a fun nature walk with the storyteller Björk Bjarnadóttir, environmentalist and ethnologist. The spoken language is Icelandic.

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The Reykjavík Accordion Festival

The annual Reykjavík Accordion Festival will be held at the Árbær Open Air Museum on Sunday 17 July starting at 13:00.

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Chess Tournament

A chess tournament will be held in Viðey house on Saturday, 9 July at 13:00.

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Traditional haymaking

Guests are invited for a lively day at Árbær Open Air Museum on Sunday, July 10. Observation and participation in old traditional haymaking are offered, provided the weather remains dry.

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Gestir að heilsa um á rollurnar á Árbæjarsafni

Árbær Open Air Museum summer programme 2022

The programme is from 13:00-16:00 on those mentioned days.

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Árbæjarsafn_rokk og ról

Rock & roll at Árbær Open Air Museum

Sunday July 3 at 13:00-16:00

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A guided historical tour in Viðey Island

A history walk to the village in Viðey Island with the historian Stefán Pálsson, Tuesday, July 5 at 19:15

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Yoga for peace

Join yoga teacher and sound artist Arnbjörg Kristín Konráðsdóttir on Tuesday, 28 June, at 19:30 for an invigorating yoga walk around Viðey Island, followed by a refreshing gong relaxation session.

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Bird Watching

Biologist Dr. Freydís Vigfúsdóttir will educate hikers in Icelandic about the diverse bird life on Viðey Island Saturday, 25 June, at 12:15.

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Á sýningunni Fiskur & fólk. / At the exhibition Fish & folk.

Free admission to Reykjavík Maritime Museum on Fisherman's Day

Í tilefni af sjómannadeginum eru allir boðnir velkomnir endurgjaldslaust á Sjóminjasafnið í Reykjavík.

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New display and street festival in Aðalstræti

On May 7, Reykjavík City Museum will open a new exhibition in Aðalstræti 10. A fun street theatre and festival will be held on that occasion, starting at 13:00. All welcome and free admission!

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Merki regnbogavottunar Reykjavíkurborgar

Reykjavík City Museum obtains the Rainbow Certification

It is with great pleasure and pride we announce that the City of Reykjavík's Human Rights and Democracy Office has confirmed that the Reykjavík City Museum has obtained the Rainbow Certification.

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Opening hours for Christmas and New Year 2021

Reykjavik City Museum - One museum in five unique places.

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Miðhús á fyrri hluta síðustu aldar

Inauguration of a new cultural landmarking 30 October at 15:00

A new cultural landmarking has been erected by Garðhús, which is close to the old slipway area at Mýrargata (Lagargata 2). The sign will be inaugurated on Saturday, 30 October, at 15:00.

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Hrekkjavaka Árbæjarsafns

Halloween at Reykjaviks' Open Air Museum 31 Oct.

Halloween will be held at the Árbær Open Air Museum on Sunday 31 October from 18:00-20:00.

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Móðir og börnin hennar tvö á torgi Árbæjarsafns

Let's visit Reykjavík City Museum during the autumn break!

Free admission for children and their accompanying adults October 22-26. Please notice that you have to pay for the Viðey ferry, though.

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The Coast Guard Vessel Óðinn transferred

The plan is to build a new pier by the museum. This means we cannot offer any guided tours until spring.

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Ingibjörg Áskelsdóttir vinnur að forvörslu rústarinnar

The Settlement Exhibition is closed 1-4 September

The ruin at the Settlement Exhibition will undergo some conservation work from 25 August until 4 September 2021.

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Christmas at Árbæjarsafn

Christmas has arrived in Árbær Open Air Museum, but due to restrictions on gatherings, there will be no planned Christmas program this year. Visitors are encouraged to visit the museum in December, enjoy walking around the area and check out the beautifully decorated museum houses, thus experiencing the past's Christmas spirit. The museum is open every day from 13-17.

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Summer courses for children & Grants from the Museum Council of Iceland

Reykjacík City Museum offers two courses for children this summer, one in Viðey in collaboration with the Reykjavík Art Museum and the other at Árbæjarsafn in collaboration with the Icelandic Home Industry Association. Reykjavík City Museum received six grants from the Museum Fund.

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Winter Break Programme at Reykjavík City Museum

There are many fun things for families to do at the Reykjavík City Museum during the Winter Break, and as usual, there is no charge for adults accompanying children. Welcome!

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Clean & safe

CLEAN & SAFE - We comply with health measures

Reykjavík City Museum takes part in the Clean & Safe project by the Icelandic Tourist Board.

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Ljósmynd af torgi Árbæjarsafns. Þar má sjá tvö safnhús, jólatré og leikfangatréhest sem dregur vagn.

Advent at Reykjavík City Museum

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Reykjavík City Museum opens again

Reykjavík City Museum and all of its five unique places have reopened with usual hours except the Reykjavík Museum of Photography.

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Móðir og ungur sonur hennar sitja fyrir á mynd í Viðey

Families encouraged to enjoy outdoor activities in Árbær Open Air Museum and Viðey Island

Reykjavík City Museum encourages families to enjoy outdoor activities in beautiful Árbær Open Air Museum and Viðey Island during the fall break and check out the museum houses, artworks and nature.

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Ljósmynd af merkinu Fyrirmyndarstofnun 2020

Reykjavík City Museum- Examplary Institution 2020

Reykjavík City Museum landed in 3rd place for the third year in a row of Exemplary Institutions with fewer than 50 employees.

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Friðarsúlan í Viðey

Imagine Peace Tower lit 9 Oct at 21:00

Imagine Peace Tower, Yoko Ono´s artwork, will be illuminated for the 14th time the 9 October on John Lennon´s 80th birthday and will lig­ht up the even­ing sky until 8 December 2020.

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City Museums closed until 25th October

All museums run by the City of Reykjavík will be closed as of today, Wednesday 7 October until Monday 25 October, due to stricter infection control rules, aimed to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 service update: Tighter restrictions in effect from 31st July.

Opening times at all five sites of the Reykjavík City Museum will remain unchanged. There will be no guided tours while the 2-meter rule is in effect. Scheduled events during this period may also be affected. The museum will ensure that hand sanitizer is available for visitors and staff in and around all high-touch areas: by entrances, reception desks and where interactive screens and devices are located. Enhanced routine cleaning regimes will be implemented with signage and clear markings emphasizing personal hygiene measures and individual responsibility. The museum also ensures that the assembly limit of no more than 100 people is respected.

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The new permanent exhibition at Reykjavík Maritime Museum nominated for the Icelandic Museum Prize 2020

FISH & FOLK - 150 years of fisheries, the new permanent exhibition at the Reykjavík Maritime Museum and the collaboration with the civil societies of the two vessels Óðinn and Magni, have been nominated for the Icelandic Museum Prize 2020.

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Myndir ársins 2019 / Photographs of they year 2019

PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE YEAR at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography

The exhibition Press Photographs of the year 2019 opens in the Reykjavík Museum of Photography May 11th.

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Árbæjarsafn að sumri

Reykjavík City Museum reopens its doors on May 4th

We are happy to announce that the Reykjavik City Museum will reopen its exhibitions for guests on May 4th. Our staff has utilized the closing time well preparing for the summer season as well as doing other important internal work at the museum.

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Reykjavík City Museum closed due to ban on gatherings

Árbær Open Air Museum, The Settlement Exhibition, Reykjavík Museum of Photography & Reykjavík Maritime Museum will be closed starting Tuesday, March 24th.

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THE CITY'S MUSEUMS OPEN despite gathering ban due to Coronavirus threat

Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir has announced a gathering ban of 100 people or more in Iceland to prevent further spreading of COVID-19, beginning on March 16th. This will not affect ships and aeroplanes, nor the international airport nor harbours. Universities and secondary schools will be closed and all major events such as concerts and conferences will be cancelled. The ban will be in effect for at least four weeks

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Reykjavik City Museum programme during Winter School Break

28 Feb - 2 March. Free admission for adults accompanying children.

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Tvær stúlkur á Landnámssýningunni

The Settlement Exhibition closed 17-31 January 2020

The Settlement Exhibition will be closed 17-31 January 2020 for renovations.

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Viðey Island closed until further notice

Viðey Island has been closed to visitors until further notice due to the floating pier on the island breaking off in the recent storm.

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Árbær Open Air Museum closed 10 December due to violent storm

Árbæjarsafn verður lokað á morgun 10. des þar sem von er á norðan stormi. Landnámssýningin, Ljósmyndasafnið og Sjóminjasafnið verða að óbreyttu opin til kl. 14. Árbær Open Air Museum will be closed tomorrow 10 December due to violent storm. Our other museums: The Settlement Exhibition, Reykjavik Museum of Photography and Reykjavík Maritime Museum will close at 14:00.

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Árbær Open Air Christmas Program

Sundays 15 & 22 December 2019 at 13:00 -17:00. Christmas at the Árbær Open Air Museum is a must for visitors to the city during Advent. Offering a great program of events for the whole family, you'll not find a more cosy or cheerful place to visit this time of year.

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Opening hours Christmas Holidays 2019-2020

Reykjavík City Museum - One museum in five unique places

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Kaupmaðurinn á horninu I Sigríður Marrow

Culture Night Programme at Reykjavík City Museum 24th August 2019

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Hæna í eggjaleit

Opening hours during easter

Opening hours during the easter holidays. Open at the Maritime museum and Settlement Exhibition 18th - 22nd of april. Árbær Open Air museum open the 20th of april. Closed at the Museum of Photography.

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Á sýningunni Fiskur & fólk. / At the exhibition Fish & folk.

Children's Festival at the Reykjavík City Museum

Event programme 09.-14.04.2019

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Börn að leik í Sjóminjasafninu í Reykjavík

Winter School Break Program 23-26 February 2019

Free admission for adults accompanying children!

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Síðla kvölds á Árbæjarsafni

Museum Night 2019 | Reykjavík City Museum

Reykjavík City Museum takes part in Museum Night 8 February 2019 with exciting event program at Árbær Open Air Museum, The Settlement Exhibition, Reykjavík Museum of Photography and Reykjavík Maritime Museum. Free admission!

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Safnhúsið Þingholtsstræti 9 á Árbæjarsafni

Building Preservation Centre opens again

The Centre will open again after a winter break on 6 February 2019.

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Opening hours Christmas & New Year

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Varðskipið Óðinn á leiðinni í slipp 15. okt 2018

Óðinn Coast Guard Vessel under repair

The former Coast Guard Vessel Óðinn was pulled into the shipyard of Reykjavík’s old harbour this morning 15th October to undergo some maintenance and repairs. Óðinn is famous for its role in all three Cod Wars but today the vessel serves as a floating exhibit at Reykjavík’s Maritime Museum.

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The Building Preservation Centre will be closed during July 2018

The Building Preservation Centre at Árbær Open Air Museum will be closed during July 2018 due to staff summer vacations.

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Reopening of the Reykjavík Maritime Museum

The Reykjavík Maritime Museum has reopened with a brand new permanent exhibition called Fish & folk: 150 years of fisheries and Melckmeyt 1659 - Underwater Archaeological Survey.

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Aðalstræti 10

Aðalstræti 10: The oldest house in the city centre

Was opened by the Mayor of Reykjavík on 5th May 2018. The house is now a museum and and exhibition space belonging to Reykjavík City Museum.

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Húlladúllan á Árbæjarsafni

Children Cultural Festival at Reykjavík City Museum April 17-22, 2018

Reykjavík City Museum participates in the annual Children´s Cultural Festival with a wide selection of events at Árbær Open Air Museum, The Settlement Exhibition and Reykjavík Museum of Photography.

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Sjóminjasafnið í Reykjavík hafnarmegin

Changes at Reykjavík Maritime Museum

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The winner of Reykjavík Museum of Photography Portfolio Review 2018

We are happy to announce that the winner of the Portfolio Review 2018, organised by the Reykjavík Museum of Photography on 19th and 20th January – as part of The Icelandic Photography Festival 2018 – is the MA student Þorsteinn Cameron. For this he received ISK 500,000 grant from Magnús Ólafsson photographers‘(1862-1937) Memorial Fund.

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Árbæjarsafn á vetrarkvöldi

Christmas Opening Hours 2017-2018

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Kjöthús á Árbæjarsafni

Building Preservation Centre closed in December and January

The Building Preservation Centre will be closed in December 2017 and January 2018. During the closing period, it is possible to communicate with specialists sending emails to or The Centre will open again on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, between 15:00-17:00.

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Sjóminjasafnið í Reykjavík hafnarmegin

Changes at Reykjavík Maritime Museum

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The Icelandic Photography Festival January 2018

Portfolio Review be held for the fourth time at the Icelandic Photographic Festival on 19th and 20 of January 2018 and is. As previously, it is organised by the Reykjavík Museum of Photography.

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Viðeyjarstofa um vetur; Viðey House during the winter.

Family weekends in Viðey Island

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The Illumination of the Imagine Peace Tower October 9


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Árbær Open Air Museum 1957-2017

Celebrate 60 years of Árbær Open Air Museum August 11-13, 2017.

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International Museum Day 18 May 2017

Reykjavík City Museum participates in International Museum Day on May 18th 2017, offering free admission to five interesting events:

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Museum Night at Reykjavík City Museum

3 Feb 18:00-23:00

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Christmas Opening Hours

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Iceland Airwaves Off Venue at Reykjavík City Museum

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Winter Break Program Oct 20 - 24, 2016

Reykjavík City Museum - 1 museum - 5 venues

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Hátíð hafsins

Festival of the Sea

Reykjavík Maritime Museum offers free admission to the museum during Festival of the Sea June 4 – 5, 2016.

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Easter opening times at Reykjavík City Museum

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Mynd frá ljósmyndarýni Ljósmyndahátíð Íslands 2016

The Icelandic Photography Festival January 2018

Portfolio Review be held at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography on coming 19th and 20 of January.

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The Illumination of the Imagine Peace Tower to celebrate Yoko Ono's birthday.

THE IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will be lit on Thursday 18 February at 19:00 in celebration Yoko Ono's birthday and will remain lit until 09:00 February 19.

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Sjóminjasafn, Óðinn


Due to unforeseeable circumstances it has been decided to cancel the game "Murder on board" on Museum Night in the Friday evening, February 5, 2016.

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Safnanótt á Borgarsögusafni 5. feb 2016

Museum night at Reykjavík City Museum February 5th from 19:00-24:00

Reykjavík City Museum offers a great selection of interesting events on Museum Night. Here below is a detailed program.

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Borgarsögusafn fyrirmyndarstofnun 2015

Fyrirmyndarstofnun ársins 2015 (EN)

Borgarsögusafn Reykjavíkur hlaut á dögunum viðurkenningu fyrir að vera ein af fyrirmyndarstofnunum ársins 2015. Athöfnin fór fram í Silfurbergi í Hörpu og tók safnstjórinn Guðbrandur Benediktsson við blómvendi og viðurkenningarskjali af því tilefni.

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