Iceland - Libraries and museums

The leading libraries, all in Reykjavík, are the National University Library (founded in 1918; 700,000 volumes), the City Library of Reykjavik (425,000 volumes), and the National Archives, which contains a collection of documents covering 800 years of Icelandic history. There were a total of 187 public libraries with combined holdings of 1.9 million volumes in 1997.

Iceland has more than 50 museums. The important museums, also all in Reykjavík, are the Icelandic National Museum (founded in 1863), the Natural History Museum (1889), and a museum devoted to the sculptures and paintings of Einar Jónsson. Also in the capital are the National Gallery of Iceland, the Living Art Museum, and the Sigurjón Ólaffson Museum, among others.

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May 15, 2008 @ 12:12 pm
Very useful information. Thanks for posting and sharing here.
Stefan Wrench
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Nov 8, 2010 @ 7:07 am
Good list, but it is missing one musuem, the largest visual art institution in Iceland; Reykjavik Art Museum (

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