Etched into the pediment is the word Landsbókasafn. This reflects when the building called Þjóðmenningarhúsið was built in 1908 to serve The National Library of Iceland. Other tenants included the National Achieves, the Natural History Museum of Iceland and the Museum of Antiquities. After several of these organizations moved out or closed, the building was renamed The Culture House. Safnahúsiö now hosts temporary exhibits from Iceland’s prominent museums and institutions plus a permanent exhibit on Iceland’s history called Points of View.