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Open-Air Folk Museum - Arbaejarsafn

Arbaer, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
411 6300
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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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Manama, Bahrain
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The place takes around 45 minutes by bus . There are a few buildings with a few artifacts in this area. The grass and the trees in the place are worth a visit. For children there a maybe a bit to play around in the open ground Overall if you are spending for 4 to 5 days in Reykjavik it... More

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Hveragerdi, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Have not visited this interesting museum this year, but could not put another date from a former year. I like to go there once in a while, because you always see something new. It is like an old village and most of the houses have been taken from somewhere and placed here. They have been kept with the furniture and... More

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Ballymena, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We did this as part of Discovering Reykjavik tour, found it very interesting and well planned out, tour guide was polite , well spoken and welcoming, a must see for any interested in Icelandic history.

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Arbaejarsafn is a collection of houses up-rooted from various location in Iceland and put together in one site. So you get a chance to see historic buildings and different building sites all in one location (and all preserved from the vagaries of the Icelandic climate). Whilst you may not want to go more than once, it certainly should be on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The open air museum is a must see for people who like old things. The houses here are from all over Iceland, and give you a good impression how life was on Iceland 100 years ago. I was here twice, and will certainly be back when I visit Iceland again. You can come here by city bus, But there is... More

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Beautiful patchwork Gamma houses from Reykjavík with live shows, most of them along with information about their history.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

You will enjoy this 'time machine' experience back to quaint old Icelandic village. The bus stop is only 2 mins away and the admission is reasonable (1300kr) including walking tour in English, which I really enjoyed. Cute retored houses have kitchen, stable, 2nd floor bedroom with furniture details, unique 'turf' houses, auto garage, candy shop and a cafe. The big... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We had a very nice day visiting the open air farm museum [Arbaerjarsafn] and the swimming pool in Arbaer [Arbaerjarlaug]. The museum exhibits are well done and interesting and there's a nice eatery on site. We took the #19 bus from Hlemmer and its a short walk to the open air museum from the stop at Strengur/Laxakvisl. The pool is... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This museum is a collection of old Icelandic buildings, on the site of an old farm. The buildings are well presented with a lot of information in English. The girls Loved the playpark! The cafe is reasonably priced as well! I loved the grass roofed chapel, which was very spiritual. If you have 2 hours or so, it's well worth... More

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The museum was interesting - we liked the outdoor house with the mud roof - amazing how it coped with such harsh weather conditions. Worth a visit if you have seen everything else.

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