International museum day is celebrated annually on May 18, and the theme for 2023 is museums, sustainability, and well-being.
Museums are key contributors to the well-being and sustainable development of our communities. As trusted institutions and important threads in our shared social fabric, they are uniquely placed to create a cascading effect to foster positive change. There are many ways in which museums can contribute to achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, including supporting climate action and fostering inclusivity, to tackling social isolation, and improving mental health.
Museums in Iceland with free entrance & special events:
(Byggðasafn Árnesinga): Guided tour of the Merchant House. Jump back in Eyrarbakki and get to know Ásgrím Jónsson, the country boy who became a famous painter. 11 AM.
(Byggðasafn Skagafjarðar): Skagafjörður Heritage Museum in Sauðárkrókur will host a special International Museum Day bingo. Curators will be on hand to show the history of turf houses and the way of life in Iceland in the past centuries—a remarkable example of a sustainable way of life. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
(Þjóðminjasafnið): Special guided tour on the occasion of International Museum Day. 2:00 PM.
(Byggðasafnið á Garðskaga): Fun exhibition related to sustainability and recycling.
(Náttúruminjasafn Íslands): There will be an illustration workshop at the exhibition on the 2nd floor of Perlan, Reykjavík. 2:00 PM.
(Tækniminjasafnið á Seyðisfirði): Opening of the outdoor walkway and exhibition. The trail marks the way from the old museum (closed due to a landslide in December 2020) to where the new museum will (hopefully) be built within a few years. The exhibition discusses Seyðisfjörður's cultural life and its uniqueness from various perspectives.
(Síldarminjasafnið): Concerts held in the Boathouse for the benefit of this museum in Siglufjörður, North Iceland. 8:00 PM.
(Byggðasafn Snæfellinga og Hnappdæla)
(Byggðasafnið á Garðskaga) Guided tour of select exhibits. 3:00 PM.
(Listasafnið á Akureyri):
(Listasafn Árnesinga) Guided tour in the House. How about jumping a little back in time at Húsin á Eyrarbakki and getting to know Ásgrím Jónsson, the country boy who became a famous painter?
(Listasafn Reykjavíkur Hafnarhús)
(Listasafn Reykjavíkur Kjarvalsstaðir)
(Safnahúsið á Húsavík)