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Open-Air Folk Museum - Arbaejarsafn

Address: Arbaer, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
Phone Number: 411 6300
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Type: Art museums, Museums
Owner description: Árbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the...
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Type: Art museums, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went on the guided tour at 1pm, the guide was extremely knowledgable about the subject and the houses were a fascinating look into the past. Highly recommend for anyone who likes history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I'd highly recommend this to anyone visiting Reykjavik. The museum was built around a farmhouse that was also an inn for travelers to Reykjavik. Now they've added two churches, a fisherman's house, a well-to-do person's house, etc. that were all actual buildings in Reykjavik that were moved to the grounds. We had a highly knowledgeable guide who gave us all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The tour is supposed to last for 1h15m, but takes the time it takes. Dependent on how many questions is asked. The guide really knows his stuff and has a lot of humor. We took the tour in the winter and therefore only got inside 4 houses. But it was worth it. We are saving the last star for the... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Even though Iceland history is not that old, you can see how thing where in the "old" days. The old church, and all the other old buildings, and some cars and so on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Several buildings had been brought from different areas of iceland to give you a feel of how people lived many years ago. There is an old small church which is still used for weddings, an old two story house with original furniture and items used to spin yarn, etc. Fascinating!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Definetely a must do. it is a small musuem so you don't need ato spend the day there but we learned so much information about Iceland's journey. We had a wonderful tour guide who explained the evolution of Iceland from the settlers/primitive times to now. Our tour guide showed us the huts where they resided for years, the fishing boats,... More 

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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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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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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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