The Culture House
The Culture House
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Culture house has always been considered one of Iceland's most beautiful buildings. The main exhibition called Points of View takes guests on a journey through the Icelandic visual world of past and present.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Bill C
    Vancouver, Canada4,605 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short Visit
    I used my Reykjavik City Card for free admission. The displays are spread out on three floors. It’s best to start on the top floor and work your way down. I only found that a small number of art pieces that was interesting. They offered free coffee in a rest area. There was also a small gift shop in the Culture House. It took me about 30 minutes to see everything.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Ričards Edijs
    Latvia430 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit forgotten museum
    I liked the collection, and how different elements of the earth (e.g., air, water) were divided according to floors. There are surprisingly many spaces with activities meant for children. However, the museum itself (while located in a very nice building) seems a bit forgotten, as if the 'new' museums in Reykjavik would have taken some concepts once densely combined in the Culture House, and extended them to make the visitor experience more comprehensive. By and large, it is worth a visit if you want to get a general understanding of the cultural life, values, and understanding of Icelanders.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 August 2023
  • trbarr44
    New York City, New York13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting collection of Icelandic art around natural elements
    We really enjoyed The Culture House. The museum currently features exhibits on air, water, and land with video and Icelandic art to accompany these themes. The docent suggested we start on the top floor and work our way down, which was a nice way to see the exhibits. The building is beautiful, too. It was formerly used as the city's library and it still contains some of the original reading tables and chairs. Plan on spending a couple of hours here, and then enjoy coffee and cake in the very pleasant cafe onsite.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 March 2024
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Lynda C
Wokingham, UK560 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We were lucky enough to be in the city when it was Museum night - all open free. One of the places we went to was the Culture House and had a free tour.
The tour guide concentrated on certain artists and the style of painting which was interesting.
Written 15 March 2020
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Simon
Romiley, UK226 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
... which we did, so we had a pleasant hour wandering through the exhibits while waiting for our transport back to the airport. The house is a fine old building in spotless condition, and the best way to view it is to start at the top and work your way down.

There is a mix of modern and traditional art depicting the history of Iceland and it's people, including tapestry, paintings, sculpture, plastic things suspended from the ceiling, and lava stuck to walls. So, something for everyone.

Not massively our thing but a nice way to spend an hour.
Written 22 February 2020
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Sulan A
Los Angeles, CA1,221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
This is a beautiful and organize museum. You start from the top down. So much to see and learn. The library/reading area is unique, you can actually sit down and read a book. The ticket gets you a free entrance to the National Museum, convenient location in front of bus stop 5.
Written 5 April 2020
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Hazel L
Bristol, UK6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We firstly visited the National Gallery, which we found quite disappointing. There were just a few paintings. However, the free coffee/water was welcome. And the little shop interesting.
We discovered the ticket also gave us access to two further places. Unfortunately, one of these didn’t open until 13:00 so we went to the Culture Museum.
We loved it. There were pictures, photographs and artefacts shown in a very interesting way. It didn’t take hours to go round either (which we considered a bonus).
There was complimentary coffee/water here as well.
Written 1 March 2020
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chriswarthurs
Northampton, UK127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Ticket to the National Museum includes the Culture House and well worth crossing town for. Sited in a beautiful building originally a library, the displays are viewed from top floor downwards.
All sorts of interesting displays reflecting every aspect of Icelandic artistic endeavour.
Written 3 September 2020
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Bohemian_me84
Calgary, Canada2,006 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
This little museum comes for free with city card and that’s well worth it , I wouldn’t go if I had to pay for it any other way . It’s interesting and building it self is just beautiful !! Amazing doors and windows . Exhibitions inside were interesting , but not interesting enough to make me come back .
Written 28 February 2020
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CharlieV2011
Chicago, IL2,184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
The entrance to this attraction is free with the ticket to the National Gallery and I have to say the Culture House is my favorite. The building, both inside and outside is beautiful. I went early in the morning and had the museum to myself. I had a great, peaceful experience taking in the art and finding pieces that spoke to me! I had a great morning visit here!
Written 22 July 2021
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toydajo
St. Catharines, Canada93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
A great old building a work of art in itself.
Viewd a lot of art over the ages, not being educated in art at all there were little cards giving info which was a big help.
Also there were a few spots with chairs and videos to watch so bonus art...
Written 12 August 2021
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ10,285 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I visited all 3 major art museums (National Gallery, Reykjavik Art Museum and Culture House) -- this was by far my favorite. This beautiful building dates to 1906-08 and was originally the city library. It is now an art museum, with something to suit everyone's taste in art. The other 2 museums focused mainly on modern/contemporary art.
Written 15 July 2022
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Hrothmir
Smyrna, GA215 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This place mentioned in a couple tour books as an extension of national museum. On the day we entered, all the exhibition space was allocated to modern Icelandic art. If that's not a particular interest of yours (it was not of ours), your time may be better spent elsewhere. There may be a different exhibit at the time of your visit.

The building itself is attractive and used to serve as the public library (nice old reading room you can visit) and records office. The staff are very friendly.

Admission is covered if you buy the City Card for Reykjavik.
Written 24 June 2022
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