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“What a great way to preserve history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Open-Air Folk Museum - Arbaejarsafn

Open-Air Folk Museum - Arbaejarsafn
Arbaer, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
411 6300
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Ranked #3 of 68 Attractions in Reykjavik
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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 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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“What a great way to preserve history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This museum preserves the history of Reykjavik with some of its historical buildings, architecture and living conditions from earlier times all put together in a park (similar concept to Skansen - without the fair and zoo).

Visited April 2012
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“Worth going there”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

l went there in November and it was great. Staff there is really helpful, they took time to explane everything and show us things that we were interested in. It is perfect all ages, everyone has something to do there. They have a discount also for student, that is rare in Iceland ;)
You can see how things were 100 years ago and what was everyday like back than.
Really nice.

Visited November 2012
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“Very informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

I loved that you could see how the first homes were built and that you can actually go inside them. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and answered all our questions in excellent english. A real insight into the history of the Icelandic people.

Visited February 2013
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“Even in Winter, Worth a Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

This is Iceland's equivalent of Old Sturbridge Village--a collection of original buildings moved to create a narrative of a key period in history.

In the summer, visitors can wander the site, which is in Reykjavik, but at the edge (half hour by bus from the center) and meet interpreters, but in winter, only a once-a-day guided tour is available.

The tour is led by an extremely knowledgeable young guide, who shows visitors through the old church, with a discussion of the role the church has played in Iceland over its history; through the extended turf farmhouse/barn, which served as the home and workplace for Icelandic farmers over centuries. The visit finishes with a typical Reykjavik house of the early 20th century, and a shed with firefighting equipment and one of the only two locomotives ever used in Ireland.

The tour takes about an hour and a half and starts at 1 pm daily.

Visited February 2013
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“A very lively museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Reykjavík has loads of great museums, but this one is my favorite! I have been there 3 times now and each times I'm learning a bit more. During the summer, all the houses are open and you can visit them at your own speed or go for a guided visit ( I would advise a guided visit), they also organize thematic animations during the week ends. During the winter the museum only offer guided visits. You then go through a small selection of the houses and learn about the life of Icelanders during specific periods and environments (farm vs city, 19th century, early 20th century, etc.). Each time I went for a guided visit we were in very small number, so it was very interactive and easy to talk to the guides. The guides are always very competent and full of information.

Visited October 2012
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