About the museum

Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum

Gerðarsafn is a progressive museum with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art, located in the heart of Kópavogur. Gerðarsafn offers temporary exhibitions with works by Icelandic and international contemporary artists as well as displaying the museum collection. The exhibition program echoes the museum‘s status as the only Icelandic museum built in honor of a female artist.

The museum was built in memory of artist Gerður Helgadóttir (1928-1975) and opened in 1994. Gerður Helgadóttir was a pioneer of three-dimensional abstract art and glass art in Iceland. The museum collection holds over fourteen hundred works by Gerður Helgadóttir and a large collection of works by the 20th century artists Barbara Árnason, Magnús Á. Árnason and Valgerður Briem among works by various contemporary artists. One of the largest private collections of Icelandic art from the last century, collected by Þorvaldur Guðmundsson and Ingibjörg Guðmundsdóttir, is in the custody of the museum. The private collection includes works by major artists of the first half of the last century.


Getting to the museum



Gerðarsafn can be reached with frequent bus trips to the stop Hamraborg. 
Information on bus routes can be found here.



Gerðarsafn's office is open working days 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, Hamraborg 4. 
Sími: 441 7600

Postal address: 
Bæjarskrifstofur Kópavogs
Fannborg 2, 200 Kópavogi


Image: Axel Sigurðarson

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Opening hours

Tuesday - Friday 11.00 - 17.00
Saturday - Sunday 11.00 - 17.00

Monday closed

Admission fee 1000 kr.

Students 500 kr. Free admission for children, 67 years and older, disabled and members of SÍM, ICOM and FÍSOS.

Free admission on Wednesdays