Einar Jónsson Museum

Hallgrímstorg 3, Reykjavík 101, 5513797

Opening Hours:
Tue - Sun: 12.00pm - 5.00pm

Website: http://www.lej.is/

In 1909, Einar Jónsson offered all of his works as a gift to the Icelandic people on the condition that a museum be built to house them. This gift was not accepted by the Icelandic Parliament until 1914, however. The Parliament contributed 10,000 crowns to the construction of the museum, while a national collection yielded 20,000 crowns in private donations. It can be safely said that the Icelanders had from the very beginning shown a special appreciation for the art of their country's first sculptor and had fully realized the value of his gift to the nation.

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