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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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a vey nice live museum

it is a very nice museum , a very good place to observ icelandic his history , how they use to live , about there culture , the very special icelandic horses, nice old icelandic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

it is a very nice museum , a very good place to observ icelandic his history , how they use to live , about there culture , the very special icelandic horses, nice old icelandic household. you will really like this place.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent collection of almost 3 dozen buildings from around Iceland, presented in a spacious area that was farmland until the 1970s. Half a dozen of the buildings are sided and/or roofed with turf and are particularly photogenic. Information was provided in English as well as Icelandic, and the museum staff we spoke with were fluent in English.... More 

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Indian Shores, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This stop was part of a tour we took. We were greeted by a very nice young girl dressed in traditional costume. She showed us around and explained how the buildings had been moved here and set up like a village. There were a number of houses and a church. She showed in the houses and told us how the... More 

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Highland Heights, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Traveling to this exhibit was worth it. Love the grass growing on the roofs. Enjoyed seeing where the Vikings lived, which later became the first farm houses. Definitely bring your camera.

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Brighton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Our second visit to this collection of houses which have been rebuilt here. The friendly staff are dressed in period costume and the printmaker must have special praise as he offered a full scenario. They all appeared to speak good English. Most of the buildings are open for visitors and there are some animals and a play area for children

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We really enjoy this type of museum. It was great to walk through buildings from across a wide range of time periods.

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Torbay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Loved this open air museum with so many buildings and interesting artifacts. Would defintely visit again if I am fortunate enough to get back to Iceland! Highly recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We visited in early spring, with pretty good weather. It was a nice add on to our visit to one of the waterfalls. Part of the museaum tour is guided, the part inside, which my sister and I largely ignored, as with bus tours they give you very little time. Rather than listening to the lecture, which according to my... More 

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Beaminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Much more interesting than I was expecting - we ended up spending half a day here, Not very easy to find, but worth the effort. Nice cafe for lunch.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

When the weather cancelled our whale watching trip we, for some reason, thought an OPEN AIR museum was a good idea. Easily accessible on the public bus, we stepped out into a blizzard, substantially worse than the weather in central Reykjavik. We realised our mistake and were sure they wouldn't show around just the two of us (the only ones... More 

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