Reykjavik officially opened its first ever Icelandic Punk Museum last Wednesday in the city’s centre of Bankastræti. Legendary punk icon Johnny Lydon, better known as Johnny Rotten, of the Sex Pistols fittingly led the opening ceremony of the exhibit that salutes the music and evolution of punk over the years.
The museum is appropriately located underground at the site of former restrooms. Walking through the exhibits, visitors can listen to records, play with instruments and view the objects and photographs from Iceland’s punk age that began around 1980. Guests are able to revisit and experience the new wave scene that gave way to Iceland’s most famous musicians and bands, including Björk, The Sugarcubes and Sigur Rós.
Lydon was a guest at the Iceland Airwaves Festival, but took some time out of his visit to host the opening of the museum. “This museum is interesting to me because it’s pre the hatred, pre the jealousy and the inter-band animosities that took place later; and so for that reason alone, I’m here,” Lydon said as he addressed the crowd in front of the museum.
Admission to the museum is only about 10 dollars, so don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to travel back in time and visit Iceland’s rich history of the punk revolution!