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Discovering Iceland's Monasteries 26.5.2018 - 1.3.2020 The Corner - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

The exhibition is based on research done by Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir, professor of archaeology at the University of Iceland and the National Museum of Iceland

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A Rainbow Thread 15.11.2018 - 15.11.2021 National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

The Rainbow Guide is a queer guide to The National Museum of Iceland's permanent exhibition, Making of a Nation – Heritage and History in Iceland. It deals with queer history in Iceland. The term queer refers to sex, gender and sexuality that don't coincide with the traditions and customs of a particular time period, including people who would today be called trans, intersex, non-binary, or homo-, bi-, pan- or asexual. The Rainbow Guide is created by The National Museum of Iceland and Samtökin ‘78, The National Queer Organization of Iceland, to mark Samtökin's 40 year anniversary.

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Churches of Iceland: Ornamenta et instrumenta. Developments and trends 24.11.2018 - 27.10.2019 The Arc Hall - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

After nearly two decades of work in research and publishing of the book series Kirkjur Íslands (Churches of Iceland), the National Museum holds the exhibition Skrúði og áhöld. Straumar og stefnur (Ornamenta et instrumenta. Developments and trends). The research involved in the preparation of the Churches of Iceland series has given rise to a new and remarkable perspective on ecclesiastical objects and vestments in Iceland's listed historical churches.

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Óravíddir - orðaforðinn í nýju ljósi 7.6.2019 - 31.5.2020 10:00 - 17:00 Safnahúsið við Hverfisgötu

Óravíddir – orðaforðinn í nýju ljósi er innsetning á myndrænni birtingu íslensks orðaforða í þrívídd sem unnin er upp úr Íslensku orðaneti eftir Jón Hilmar Jónsson.

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Ganymede by Bertel Thorvaldsen 13.6.2019 - 31.5.2020 Culture House Hverfisgata 15

The sculpture Ganymede is by the Icelandic/Danish artist Bertel Torvaldsen (1770-1844) and is from the collection of the National Gallery. Thorvaldsen made the original in Rome in 1804, which makes this marble sculpture among the oldest works in the National Gallery's collection. It is on view in the Treasure space at the Culture House.

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Welcome to the Family Room! 17.6.2019 - 18.6.2100 National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

The Family Room is for families, school groups, and other visitors to the Museum. It is an adaptable space that can be changed from a lounge to a classroom or a laboratory as required. 

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The Book of Lies 7.9.2019 - 12.1.2020 The Wall - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

The Book of Lies is the name of a journal left by Pike Ward - an English fish merchant proclaimed as ‘The Best Known Man in Iceland’ in the early twentieth century, but largely forgotten soon after.

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The Book of Lies 7.9.2019 - 12.1.2020 The Wall - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

The Book of Lies is the name of a journal left by Pike Ward - an English fish merchant proclaimed as ‘The Best Known Man in Iceland’ in the early twentieth century, but largely forgotten soon after.

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Pike Ward's Iceland Photographs, objects and cuttings from the collection of an English fish merchant 7.9.2019 - 12.1.2020 The Photo Gallery - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

Pike Ward (1856–1937) was an Englishman who became a well-known figure in Iceland around 1900. He first came to Iceland in 1893, and until 1915 he spent part of each year here, purchasing fish. Pike Ward operated one of the first trawlers in Icelandic waters and promoted utilisation of smaller fish from the catch – which came to be known as „vorðfiskur“ or “Ward's fish.” Ward paid the fishermen who supplied him in cash, previously unheard of in the fish business in Iceland.

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