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Address: Arbaer, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
Phone Number: 411 6300
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Description: Árbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum...
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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Just outside the city, this is a beautiful and educational stop. Especially great for families, I think. Like a mini Williamsburg, you can tour many different houses and buildings... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Just outside the city, this is a beautiful and educational stop. Especially great for families, I think. Like a mini Williamsburg, you can tour many different houses and buildings representing various periods of Icelandic history. We spent a few hours there and really enjoyed it (even hand fed some rams).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Many cities have collections of old houses, stores and the like, but few have one this well done. It's sort of a mini-Williamsburg featuring historic buildings from settled parts of the entire island. Don't count on spending the day here, but it's certainly worth a couple of hours. Particularly memorable are the sod-roofed buildings, especially a tiny farm house through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I strongly recommend everyone to visit this incredible place where you can feel the soul of Icelandic people living in the past. Houses, churches, farms with it's all furniture and interior.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

A little out of the way but informative and interesting. Even though it's outdoors there are plenty of indoor exhibits so don't be out off in bad weather.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

If you like social history then you will enjoy this. Similar to other open air museums but felt more intimate as you really got close to the artefacts, increasing the ambience of the place. We arrived on a Saturday morning in Summer and the place was surprisingly quiet. The kids play area is fantastic - nothing high-tech but good old... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Open air museum not too far from city centre ( NOT walking distance, need to drive). When we first walked in we thought that it was very small, but it is actually quite large. Allow full morning or afternoon to see everything. Good explanation of all the exhibits. Well worthwhile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Lovely setting. Restored buildings relocated here. Average guide. Learned how Reyjkavic developed architecturally and culturally from a rural village to a modern 21st century urban center

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

They've imported a variety of buildings from all over Iceland and furnished them to match their period, so you can wander from building to building. The young people, who are dressed in period costumes, are very knowledgable and charming. It's a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours in the countryside looking back over Reykjavik city and harbor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Our 22 month old Loved the plays house, opening by and closing all the doors and walking through the various houses. Great be yourself a full day as they wont wanting leave. Most of the houses were safe enough with him, just a few to hold them back from the antiques. The playhouse, though, is s chance to let them... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Interesting museum, the museum guide showed us around and explained the way the Icelandics used to live. That even today the chapel is used for weddings. Interesting visit

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Address: Arbaer, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
Phone Number: 411 6300
Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  Capital Region  >  Reykjavik

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