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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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51 reviews 51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Unfortunately this was at the end of a day tour and we had little time there. It was a fascinating place. The guide was brilliant. All the exhibits appear to have been collected by one man. Outside you can wander into original houses covered in turf- one house was lived in till the 70s. There is a school and a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I loved the houses and the decoration. I loved being able to walk in peace through all rooms. And thank you to the wonderful guide in his nice outfit. Be aware that in Winter season the houses are only open at 1 o'clock and with a guide.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This museum is located outwith the centre of Reykjavik. It took over an hour on the bus, so be prepared for a long journey. I had visited a few other museums this day and with the long travel time didn't have as much time here. It's free to enter with the 'Welcome to Reyjavik' card. It was really nice though.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

If you like to look at history of 200-100 years ago and how people survived in a much more simplistic but difficult time, this is a great look into the past. With little in the way of trees, it shows how the early settlers of Iceland had to much more ingenious with their surroundings as compared to the pioneers of... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Take the time to have a guided tour around this museum. The guide was a fluent English speaker - like most Icelanders, but with a keen understanding of Icelandic people's history explained in a way which interested teenagers as well as adults! Gave a real feel for life in earlier times in Iceland among beautifully but realistically renovated houses from... More

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Manama, Bahrain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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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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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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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