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Open-Air Folk Museum - Arbaejarsafn

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Address: Arbaer, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
Phone Number: 411 6300
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Description: Árbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum...
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.
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This museum is one of the best museums in Iceland to get a glimpse into the not so distant past of Icelandic households and building styles. Remember there were people living in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This museum is one of the best museums in Iceland to get a glimpse into the not so distant past of Icelandic households and building styles. Remember there were people living in turf houses in Iceland until the late 20th century! I love it for it's view into history, my kids love it for it's "novelty" to them. It has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We had a wonderful explanation about the museum. Very interesting to understand how Islandic people had to live under tough conditions. The houses, church and school give a very good impression how the people lived.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My daughter was transfixed at the folk museum. The guide did an introduction for us in both English and German. If you are on a tour stop, I suggest you browse and listen at the same time, or you will not get to see everything. Several people mentioned that they had seen the Reykjavik museum the day before and found... More 

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Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We were not able to get a guided tour of the museum which I think would have enhanced the experience quite a bit. The buildings are very cool and so just the causal stroll we were able to take was very beautiful. I would highly recommend going when you can take the tour because I think information would give more... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

One of the places I enjoyed as a kid playing around in and around the old settlement houses. Always a great place to take my kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Nice way to get to know Icelandic heritage. Guides in old Icelandic national costume. Lovely Theater for kids to play.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We went here as part of Reykjavik's South Coast tour. It a very random museum with loads of different bits, including a transport museum, outdoor bit with reconstructed houses and lots and lots of stuff scattered around in various displays. There isn't very much narrative and we weren't sure what half of it was... There was a good talk from... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Great tour of houses throughout the past few centuries for Icelandic history. Houses are kitted out in features of the time and the guide gave us a feel for family life. No cafe.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Transport Museum was interesting but some signs were only in native language. Some of the outside displays were a little weathered and worn.

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Highland Mills, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

On a recent visit to Iceland, this was one of the stops. This museum is chock full of artifacts from Iceland , therevwere 12000. It shows the rapid development, due to necessity, of the country.look for the ice skates, and the mouse trap. Our guide was enthusiastic and informative.We were a group of fifteen and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the museum.... More 

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