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…

A Family, a Mineral Collection, and a Museum in a Gas Station (Museums in Strange Places S01 E06)

Hafsteinn Thor has always been interested in geology, nature, biology, and philosophy (and acting, directing, singing, and learning new instruments…he’s a multi-talented guy). But when he met his wife’s family, he was draw into their decades-old passion for stone and mineral collecting. Last year, he and his father-in-law finally set up a museum with the…

Keeping the Legacy of a Medieval Legend Alive at Snorrastofa (Museums in Strange Places S01 E05)

I visit the Snorrastofa, a research and cultural center at Reykholt, the farm in southwestern Iceland where the great medieval Icelandic historian and writer Snorri Sturluson built his home, a church, and later a small fortress. Snorrastofa Project Manager Sigrun Guttomsdóttir Þormar and I talk about Snorri’s dramatic life, his legacy, and his hot tub,…

Bonus Ep: What Makes an Open Air Museum Memorable (Museums in Strange Places Podcast)

I’ve just released a bonus episode of Museums in Strange Places featuring extra content from my interview with Sigurlaugur Ingólfsson, Project Manager at the Árbær Open Air Museum in Reykjavík, Iceland. In this bonus episode, we discuss what makes an open air museum visit memorable, whether admission prices motivate museums to stay fresh and engaging,…