Our opening in 2021
We open for the summer on April 17th 2021.
In April both the museum and cafe are open on weekdays 12:00-16:00 and on weekends 11:00-17:00. All service will be in the manner permitted and prescribed by goverment guidelines.
We open with the exhibit Ferð til fjár, in cooperation with Handverk og Hönnun (Craft and Design). The exhibit looks at the Icelandic sheep and it influences on different makers and artists. The exhibit is open from April 17th - May 24th.
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Skriðuklaustur is a historic site with the ruins of a 16th-century monastery which were revealed by an archaeological excavation between 2002 and 2012.
On site is also the mansion of the famous Icelandic writer Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889–1975), built in 1939 when he returned home after living in Denmark for more than 30 years. The mansion is now a center of culture & history with exhibitions, personal guided tours and the renowned restaurant Klausturkaffi.
Between 2002 and 2012 a major archaeological excavation of a 16th-century monastery took place at Skriðuklaustur. It revealed the ruins of an Augustinian cloister, established around 1493 and in use until the Reformation in 1550. Skriðuklaustur was the last cloister to be established in Iceland, and it was the only cloister in the eastern part of the island. Due to deadly plagues in the 15th century the monastery was foremost a hospice for the sick and the poor. The monastic site is open year-round.