Medical and Health Care Museum Nesstofa
Nesstofa in Seltjarnarnes was built in 1760-67 as the official residence for the first Director of Public Health, Bjarni Pálsson (1719-99), who lived in Nesstofa with his wife and children for almost all his career in office.
Nesstofa was designed by Danish court architect Jacob Fortling (1711-61) and it is interesting to see how Danish and Icelandic architectural traditions are brought together in the building.
Nesstofa is conserved as part of the National Museum of Iceland Historic Buildings Collection. A large-scale and a long-time restoration project has recently been largely completed. The restoration project was carried out in two stages: The first stage commenced in 1980, when the exterior of the building was repaired, and the western half restored to its original form, together with the annex including cellar and loft. This former stage of restoration was completed in 1986. Major renovations recommenced in 2004 where the eastern part and the entire upper floor were restored, and the finishing touches were made to the restoration of the exterior. In addition, the surrounding area was made good.
Nesstofa is now in care of the The Medical History Museum of Iceland and the county of Seltjarnarnes according to a special agreement with the National Museum of Iceland.