A Museum of Ordinary Things (Museums in Strange Places S01 E14)

Tucked away in a narrow valley just below the town of Akureyri in North Iceland, Sverrir Hermansson’s Museum of Sundry Objects is one eccentric man’s spectacular collection of ordinary things. The moment you walk into the main gallery, there are rows and rows of beautiful displays filled with meticulously arranged nails, saws, doorknobs, keys, matchboxes, lightbulbs,…

Finding Iceland’s Hidden Women (Museums in Strange Places S01 E13)

In this special episode about women’s history in Iceland, I visit the Women’s History Archive at the National and University Library of Iceland (Kvennasögusafn Íslands) to speak to Rakel Adolphsdóttir about collecting women’s history in Iceland and hunting for the women hidden in Iceland’s archival collection. I also chat with Íris Ellenberger and Ásta Kristín…

Beatle-Town, Iceland: A Visit to the Icelandic Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll (Museums in Strange Places S01 E10)

The Icelandic music scene has produced a remarkable number of international stars like Sigur Rós, Björk, Kaleo, the Sugar Cubes, and Of Monsters and Men. You can learn more about them and discover new music at the Icelandic Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll. It’s a paradise for Icelandic music fans, but it will also impress museum-lovers…

Community-Centered Contemporary Art in the Heart of Hafnarfjörður (Museums in Strange Places S01 E08)

How does a contemporary art institution– places that are notoriously elitist–provide a thriving cultural center in a town’s that on the periphery of Iceland and the world? The Hafnarborg Centre of Culture and Fine Art is a contemporary art gallery and collection in the heart of downtown Hafnarfjörður, an old port town ten kilometers south…