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Open-Air Folk Museum - Arbaejarsafn

Arbaer, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
411 6300
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Ranked #5 of 81 attractions in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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St Helens, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

located on a hilltop, this open air museum offers great views of the surrounding valley and mountains beyond and can be walked in around 2 hours from city centre though its all either along busy roads or up hill. It is a really nice place to look around and would be fun for kids too. We arrived late and did... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

From the city centre we took Bus #19 out to the museum. We were lucky enough to have a nice day and being the only guests there, ended up with a private tour. We were shown the church, the main farm house, a sod home and the printer's shop. The guide told us many interesting stories of how Icelandic people... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We had a day in Reykjavik at the end of a tour and our Icelandic friend recommended this as a place her family loves to go. Her kids call it "The Oldtime Museum". Once we figured out how to use the public bus to get here, the trip was well worth it. Pick a nice day to go since you... More

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Shavington
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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We love history and architecture, so this museum is a must for you, if you do, too. A great setting, just out of the city, on former farm land, is where dwellings from the C18th and C19th have been re-sited and re-built. Tours at this time of the year are daily at 1.00 pm but we wandered around at no... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We really enjoyed this museum, which included several old-style houses and a church. The 92 year old owner/curator showed up while we were there and demonstrated how to hand-spin wool and later played the pump organ and sang in the little church. Our tour guide had interesting stories about several of her favorite things and then turned us loose to... More

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Springfield, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We had about an hour here, maybe 45 mins, and that was not quite enough. There is a lot to look at, esp when you consider that part of Iceland existed with Middle Ages tech and lifestyle until the 1970s. Outside buildings pretty interesting too. Such small houses, outdoor kitchens, attractive church.

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Miami, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Interesting place, it holds a wide range of historic artifacts, furnitures, a life size fishing boat used by farmers who were forced to go to the seas during winter, and many other aside from the turf houses located within the compound.

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Wynantskill, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Great for a relaxing day. Very informative. Quaint, not world-class but worth the visit. It contains artifacts and relocated buildings showing the nature of society in olden days.

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Salem, Oregon
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19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We went here in February. They only have one tour per day in the winter. We enjoyed our visit. It gave real insight into the life of Icelanders in years gone by. The antique home with the barn below the bedrooms to capture the warmth of the animals was a particular interesting piece of local history. Also the sod roof... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Great little tour round this museum,fascinating history of iceland and even got to meet the lovely gentleman who started the museum,what a character,as we were walking around we all gathered in the small but beautiful little church where he played and sang for us. Defiantly worth a visit if you get the chance

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