The Guardian has published a list of the top 10 best free museums in Europe. On the list are for example Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Amsterdam Stadsarchief, but also The Reykjavik Museum of Photography
The Guardian wrote the following about the museum:
If you thought the 642 holiday snaps you have on iPhoto were impressive, brace yourself; the Reykjavik Museum of Photography has a collection of around five million photos, dating from 1870. As well as the permanent collection, which also includes objects relating to the art of photography, by contemporary Icelandic photographers.
Reykjavík Museum of Photography is the only independent museum of photography in Iceland. The aim of the museum is to shape a unique vision and to be leading in its field. The museum preserves various photo collections from professional and amateur photographers, around 5 Million photographs from the period around 1870 to 2002.
The collection´s themes are diverse. One can find family photographs, photos from portrait studios, industrial- and advertising photographs, press photography, landscape photographs and more.
The museum’s exhibitions focus on Icelandic photography, works from Collection and works of foreign photographers.
The museum exhibits both historical and contemporary photography in artistic- social- and cultural context.
Offices and museum shop open weekdays 10:00 – 16:00
Exhibitions open Monday – Thursday 12:00 – 19:00
Friday 12:00 – 18:00 , Weekends 13:00 -17:00