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Þjóðmenningarhúsið (National Cultural House)

Þjóðmenningarhúsið (National Cultural House) Review

Crests on the facade of the impressive former Landsbókasafnið (Old National Library) name significant Icelandic literary figures; the renovated building now houses interesting cultural exhibits, including a fixed exhibit of the precious vellum manuscripts of many of the sagas, a must-see for all interested in Norse or ancient literature. Erected between 1906 and 1908, it was primarily a library for most of the 20th century, but its book collection has been moved to the Þjóðarbókhlaðan at the National and University Library of Iceland. A free guided tour in English is offered on Mondays and Fridays at 3 pm, September through May and at the same time on weekdays (except Wednesdays) between June and August.

    Contact Information

  • Address: North side of Hverfisgata at old midtown, Hverfisgata 15, Reykjavík
  • Phone: 545–1400
  • Cost: ISK 1000
  • Hours: Daily 11–5
  • Website:
  • Location: Reykjavik
Updated: 12-12-2012

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