The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll

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The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll (Icelandic: Rokksafn Íslands) is located at the Hljómahöll concert and conference hall in Reykjanesbær.[1] It was formally opened on April 5, 2014.[2]

The museum portrays the history of Icelandic pop and rock music from 1830 to the present. Guests can also dive deeper into the history of each artist and listen to their music with the help of the Rock ‘n’ Roll app on tablet computers. The museum also features a soundlab where guests can try out some instruments themselves.

Artists portrayed include Björk, Sigur Rós, Of Monsters and Men, Hljómar, Hjaltalín and Mugison.

On March 15, 2015 the museum opened its first exhibition. The exhibition features Icelandic artist Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson [also known as: Paul Oscar].[3] The exhibition is titled „Einkasafn poppstjörnu“ (translation: The Private Collection of a Pop Star). The exhibit features a timeline on his life and music career, a mixing board where guests can mix his songs, a karaoke booth where guests can sing along to his songs and has over 40 tailor made costumes from throughout his career. The oldest costume dating to 1991 when Páll Óskar performed in The Rocky Horror Show with Menntaskólinn við Hamrahlíð. The exhibition is narrated by Páll Óskar on video displays in the exhibition.


  1. ^ Þormóður Logi Björnsson (January 16, 2014). "Fékk draumastarfið". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 
  2. ^ "The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll, Facebook page". Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Páll Óskar sýnir allt í Rokksafni Íslands". Vísir. Retrieved 24 March 2015.