About Perlan Museum

Perlan Museum opened Iceland´s first Glacier- exhibition on 2 July 2017. It is the first step towards creating a unique museum of natural wonders that all Icelanders can be proud of. In the coming year, Perlan Museum plans to open upcoming exhibitions that are currently under construction. The first floor will be finished as a whole in May 2018. Perlan Museum plans to open Iceland’s first planetarium. This new, cutting-edge planetarium will offer an immersive experience in a 360°dome with the best quality images available in the world today, including innovative audio.

Meanwhile, guests are welcome to enjoy the observation deck with its panoramic view on Reykjavík, and the restaurant and the café will serve delicious food and beverages.

More than a century of collective experience

At the beginning of 2016, the City of Reykjavík was looking for interested parties to create and run an ambitious exhibition that features our Icelandic natural wonders. Perlan Museum teamed up with an interdisciplinary group of artists, geologists, marketing- and travel specialists to write a proposal for the biggest and most ambitious nature exhibition ever built in Iceland. The proposal was accepted, and so began further development and building on the exhibitions. The group partnered up with several international companies that are specialized in the design of museums and exhibitions, with more than a century of collective experience in the field.

Close collaboration with scientists and artists

The exhibitions are based on the most recent knowledge and findings in geology and other natural sciences. Perlan Museum collaborates with leading scientists of each field. The goal of Perlan Museum is to present a world-class natural-science center, which communicates the latest research and findings of professional scientists as well as the work from PhD students at the University of Iceland.

Perlan Museum is fortunate to work with the following scientists and artists who all have put their marks on the project:

Scientists

• Ari Trausti Guðmundsson, Geologist and Author
• Helgi Björnsson, Geologist and Glacier Specialist
• Árni Hjartarson, Geologist
• Þóra Ellen Þórhallsdóttir, Plant Biologist, specialized in ecology and environmental issues.

Creative Talents

• Andri Snær Magnason, Author
• Halldór Laxness, Nobel Prize winning Writer
• Steinunn Sigurdardóttir, Novelist and Poet
• Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson, Photographer, specialized in Arctic landscapes
• Daniel Bergmann, Photographer
• Ragnhildur Gísladóttir, Composer and Musician
• Ólafur Arnalds, BAFTA-winning Musician and Producer
• Dagur Kári, Film Director
• Jóhann Sigfusson / Pro film, Emmy- nominated Film Director
• Anna Dís Ólafsdóttir / Pro film, Emmy- nominated Film Director
• Johan Larsson, Ice- & snow engineer
• Susan Christianen / Extreme Design Lab, Ice- & snow sculptor + award-winning designer

In the coming years, Perlan Museum will join hands with more people to create new exhibits in the years to come.

Welcome to Perlan Museum.

Our Partners

Bowen Technovation

Bowen Technovation has produced over 400 planetariums throughout the world. Since 1985 the company established a successful track record of designing and installing unique audio and visual experiences. Their projects include the John Glenn Visitors Center, Shanghai Maritime Museum, NASA, Walt Disney Imagineering, Adventure Science Center, and Northern Lights Center in Canada.

Gagarin

Gagarin is a leading company in creating interactive exhibitions connected to technology and natural sciences, with decades of experience in their field. Gagarin has won several international awards for their ideas and exhibition designs. Gagarin has contributed to projects for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, The National Museum of Iceland and the Norwegian Seabird Center.

LORD Cultural Resources

Lord is the world’s largest cultural professional practice with the successful completion of more than 2,200 projects in over 57 countries on 6 continents. Lord has won multiple awards for their work, and their clients include The Guggenheim Museum, NASA, Walt Disney Imagineering, The Smithsonian, The American Museum of Natural History and the United Nations Environment Project (UNEP).

Xibitz

Xibitz specializes in museums that enlighten and entertain their guests, where guests can both enjoy and participate in the exhibits. Xibitz has worked on projects such as the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Kohl Children’s Museum, North Dakota Heritage Center and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Our Partners

Bowen Technovation

Bowen Technovation have produced over 400 planetariums throughout the world. Amongst their projects are John Glenn Visitors Center, Shanghai Maritime Museum, Adventure Science Center og Northern Lights Centre í Kanda.

Gagarín

Gagarín is a leading company in the design and technology of interactive exhibitons, with decades of experience in the field. Gagarín have won several international awards for their ideas and designs.

LORD Cultural Resources

Lord is the world’s largest cultural professional practice with the successful completion of more than 2,200 projects in over 57 countries on 6 continents. Lord has won multiple awards for their work, and have amongst their clients The Guggenheim Museum, The Smithsonian, and The American Museum of Natural History.

Xibitz

Xibitz specialize in museums that enlighten and entertain their guests, where the guest can both enjoy and particiate in the exhibits. Xibitz have worked on projects such as the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Granbrook Institute of Science, Kohl Children’s Museum. and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.