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Address: Kistuhyl 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
Phone Number: 3544116300
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Arbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum...

Arbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum opened there in 1957. Arbærjarsafn is now an open air museum with more than 20 buildings which form a town square, a village and a farm. Most of the buildings have been relocated from central Reykjavik.Arbær Open-Air Museum tries to give a sense of the architecture and way of life and lifestyles of the past in Reykjavik and during summer visitors can see domestic animals. There are many exhibitions and events held at the Museum which highlight specific periods in Reykjavik's history. These include craft days, vintage car displays, Christmas exhibitions and much more. There is something for everyone at Arbær Open Air Museum. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. till 17 p.m. every day of the week in June, July and August. During the winter season there is a guided tour at 13 pm otherwise the houses are closed.

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Winter Tour

Tours held daily at 1pm very few visitors in winter so we had a personal tour of the site. It was very informative and reminded us of the Chiltern open air museum in the UK. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tours held daily at 1pm very few visitors in winter so we had a personal tour of the site. It was very informative and reminded us of the Chiltern open air museum in the UK. We enjoyed the tour as a winter event but think as a summer venue it would terrific as you re-enactor in the houses and the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great museum for running around with the kids. There are lots of preserved buildings to explore and look out for the fairy village in the corner!

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Thank Ching C
Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the museum in January, 2016. Out guide was very knoweldgeable and added a great deal to the tour. One not to miss

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Thank Denny F
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I went to five or so museums in Reykjavik and this was definitely our favorite. The closest thing I can relate this to is The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, only not nearly as large. I think more of it is open in the summer. We were there in the winter. In the winter the only... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was awesome, we did a few museums but we learnt a lot in an interesting way from our guide. well worth a trip, can imagine that in the summer it is even better with all attractions opened and the live role play.

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Thank awaywiththefae
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a great museum. We went in Jan 2016 - so only a selection of the buildings were open but we still think it was well worth it. Our guide was fantastic - he knew all the answers to every question and loved the place. Well worth the visit.

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the turf houses and the Icelandic horses that we met there. I don't think that they were in any way connected to the museum, as there was a fence between them and us, but we could play with two beautiful foals. As far as the museum is concerned, the guide was very knowledgeable and he offered us a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location was beautiful. They had someone available to ring the bells to announce the beginning of the wedding, as well as direct the children to the restroom. We only visited to get married in the church, so I cannot attest to the rest of the museum. The church was a beautiful space and nicely heated for January in a... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved everything about this tour - our tour guide demonstrated some of the tools he was talking about and included a lot of facts about the previous inhabitants. Similar to Williamsburg open air museum in VA. We did the tour then went to Arbaejarlaug afterwards - great combo!

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Thank Emily P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of my favorite places to visit in Iceland for an up close feel for Icelandic architecture, history and a nice setting with a wonderful cafe. My only beef, and it's a whopper, is that it is on ly open from May 30th to September 1st. It boggles my mind why since the weather is mild enough in... More 

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