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Open-Air Folk Museum - Arbaejarsafn

Arbaer, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
411 6300
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Ranked #5 of 85 attractions in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We had gone to Glumbaer in the north - the sod homes there are much more interesting, as is that museum. Guide was good.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We took the bus (#19) to this open air museum, which used to be on the outskirts of town, but is now surrounded by suburbs. All of the old buildings were in excellent condition and most had English descriptions explaining the origin and history of the structure. There were attendants in period costume at some of the buildings, while cows... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Would have loved it more if more of the descriptions had been in English. The turf houses were great.

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Kopavogur, Iceland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A great outdoor museum with old houses, some animals, café and a whole house dedicated to children and toys... what more can you ask for? It is worth the bus trip and on a bright day gives a lovely scenery over Reykjavik city.

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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Old houses from different era's (an old gas station, old shop). Some animals, an old-school café-bistro and a haunted cabin. That's all you need for two hours of educational fun.

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rekjavik
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

simply the best of this type of open air museum. a real life village and farm. lovely passionate staff. beautiful buildinga and animsls and setting. dont miss it. Elizabeth and Derek Edinburgh UK

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Houston
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Our trip to this beautiful place was really special. They were preparing for Iceland Independence Day and had special events. My daughter was able to ride an Icelandic horse free of charge. There was a whole area dedicated to toys of the past and the kids loved it. We had a tour guide and he was very knowledgeable about Icelandic... More

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This place was simply incredible. The staff working there were very kind and willing to store our luggage as we would fly after visiting this place. The houses offer a profound insight of how Icelanders used to live. It makes you feel as if you step back in time. The small sheep and cows also add up to the scenery.... More

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Edinburgh
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We visited on a very rainy morning. It didn't matter at all. There was plenty to see and do. The museum centers around lots of traditional houses which have been movedv to this site. Especially amazing was the turf house complete with cow and sheep and the house loved in by 2 families at one time. The kids were fascinated... More

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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Although the restaurant at the museum was closed for everything but coffee and cakes, it was worth taking several hours to view the old buildings which had been moved to this East Reykjavik location. Access is easy via the Straeto bus system by way of Mjodd.

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