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Open-Air Folk Museum - Arbaejarsafn

Arbaer, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
411 6300
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Ranked #5 of 85 attractions in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums
Owner description: Árbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum opened there in 1957. Árbærjarsafn is now an open air museum with more than... more » Owner description: Árbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum opened there in 1957. Árbærjarsafn 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.Árbær 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 Árbær Open Air Museum. « less
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rekjavik
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

simply the best of this type of open air museum. a real life village and farm. lovely passionate staff. beautiful buildinga and animsls and setting. dont miss it. Elizabeth and Derek Edinburgh UK

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Houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Our trip to this beautiful place was really special. They were preparing for Iceland Independence Day and had special events. My daughter was able to ride an Icelandic horse free of charge. There was a whole area dedicated to toys of the past and the kids loved it. We had a tour guide and he was very knowledgeable about Icelandic... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This place was simply incredible. The staff working there were very kind and willing to store our luggage as we would fly after visiting this place. The houses offer a profound insight of how Icelanders used to live. It makes you feel as if you step back in time. The small sheep and cows also add up to the scenery.... More

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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We visited on a very rainy morning. It didn't matter at all. There was plenty to see and do. The museum centers around lots of traditional houses which have been movedv to this site. Especially amazing was the turf house complete with cow and sheep and the house loved in by 2 families at one time. The kids were fascinated... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Although the restaurant at the museum was closed for everything but coffee and cakes, it was worth taking several hours to view the old buildings which had been moved to this East Reykjavik location. Access is easy via the Straeto bus system by way of Mjodd.

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CPH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Great place with historic buildings, nice surroundings and animals. Even though it was windy and a little rain we enjoyed our self and good a lot new knowledge of the Icelandic history. Ppl are very friendly with telling stories and dressed up to fit into the environment.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Fascinating look back at Icelandic domestic life and culture. Allow a whole day and don't miss the rhubarb jam and cream pancakes in the sweet little cafe. A great visit.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This was a bit of effort with a 20 minute bus journey from the bus station but it was well worth it. There were some great exhibitions in the buildings at the entrance, the school house and the white building and I loved the turf houses and church. We rushed around in 45 minutes as we got there before it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Great experience even though it was raining. Nice and helpful people working there. We were able to go into almost all the houses and see how it was in the old days. Awesome experience! We had to take a bus to go there and there was a small fee for the entrance, but it was worth it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The open-air folk museum is a bus ride out of town, but easily worth a visit. The site is well laid out with many buildings being dismantled and brought to the area over the years from Reykjavik, and further afield. The houses are laid out in a type of square for the larger ones, and then scattered over a fair... More

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