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Open-Air Folk Museum - Arbaejarsafn

Address: Arbaer, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
Phone Number: 411 6300
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Ranked #3 of 73 Attractions in Reykjavik
Type: Museums
Owner description: Árbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the...
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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 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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This site is served very well by the city bus service. On my visit I found it very tranquil and a lovely place to while away a couple of hours. The information boards are in Iceland and English.

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FDP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

check the schedule, they have one guided tour around 1PM during winter, we arrived late, but took a walk around and looked in all the historical buildins, really nice!

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Strathalbyn, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

If you go to Iceland, make shore this is one place you get to have a look at, its a good run down of the Icelandic way of life.

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London
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7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Especially loved the short guided tour, our guide brought it to life with stories that her grandmother had told her. The reconstructed turf houses were great - can't believe people lived in them until 1970!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I was concerned that it was going to be a bit boring however it is not and well deserves to be so highly rated. What made it particularly good was the friendliness of the staff, they even allowed us to stay and wait and look around the museum whilst we waited for the tour to start and afterwards before getting... More 

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is a place where local people try to explain the history of the Icelandic people, centered on the excavated remains of a Viking house. It is relatively a small museum, worth visiting [entrance fee included with the R. card].

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Amazingly set up museum gives you a great view of Icelanders early lives. We were there in October and we were lucky with weather, too. Highly recommended.

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Schenectady, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Glad we chose this from several choices our tour gave us. It was very interesting and a good way to see life as it was in Iceland. It seemed very realistic and although it's not Old Sturbridge Village, it is similarly organized just on a much smaller scale. It's a good way to spend a few hours learning about the... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

The fact that it was November and the village did not have much happening made this sort of an average viewing. There were satisfactory explanations, though was not something I'd go out of the way to see really.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Had a fantastic visit to the Open Air Museum in Reykjavik. Would highly recommend any visitors to Iceland to visit to see actual historical dwellings giving fascinating insight into Icelandic history and way people used to live. Shame there is only one tour in afternoon during winter. A hidden gem that is well worth visit in suburbs of Reykjavik.

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