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Address: Kistuhylur 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
Phone Number: 3544116300
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Arbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum...

Arbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum opened there in 1957. Arbærjarsafn 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.Arbær 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 Arbær Open Air Museum. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. till 17 p.m. every day of the week in June, July and August. During the winter season there is a guided tour at 13 pm otherwise the houses are closed.

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Since my husband's and my first trip here over 12 years ago, we have dreamed of living full time in Iceland. We're here on our 8th trip for 3 too-short weeks. This magnificient... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Since my husband's and my first trip here over 12 years ago, we have dreamed of living full time in Iceland. We're here on our 8th trip for 3 too-short weeks. This magnificient country with its beauty, nature, culture and sterling people is where our hearts live - it's "Home". And, now, we have yet one more reason to return... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This collection of old house from various parts of old Reykjavik in a delightful setting in the eastern part of town. Just east of the salmon river which runs through it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It really worth to visit this place, and spend the whole afternoon there, if you have time. It has several houses and big fields with animals. We really liked the concept of the museum and enjoyed our time there. The entry fee isn't high and the souvenir shop is also nice. I would recommend to have a coffee or a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok, first - there are sheep all over Iceland. This place had sheep you could pet - so while that's simple, after staring at sheep for 10 days I was really happy just to interact with one. Meanwhile, everyone here was very welcoming and answered tons of questions. There are different settlements throughout and they show the evolution of commercialism... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun site that children will love as there are goats and a petting opportunity. Interesting insight into traditional Icelandic living. Rather exposed on cold days so wrap up well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum was far more interesting that I can say I was honestly expecting. Highly informative, if slightly random and hap hazard displays. Everything is intriguing if a little 'jerky' between vastly different subjects in each of the houses. Worth a shot though to make the most of sunshine in Reykjavik.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was probably one of the highlights of my trip to Reykjavik. It's not as big as some other open air museums I've seen but every single building is lovingly preserved and well worth the visit! The costumed docents are very knowledgeable, the on-site cafe is reasonably priced and the gift shop has everything you could possibly need to commemorate... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow had great fun here one sunny day. There is an indoor play area for young kids which show how people lived in different generations. There is a small playground and sand pit too. The kids loved to go into all the houses and see the relics from time gone by. Easy to get to by bus from Hlemmur -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i went to iceland for a research trip, and visited about ten museums while i was there. this was one of my favorites. great for kids, and for anyone interested in history or how living in iceland used to be. very enjoyable, and friendly staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice half-day visit. It gives a nice overview of Icelandic building styles. There's a cafe and a nice gift-shop. The place is accessible by bus lines 12 and 5 from the center of Reykjavik, and you can buy bus tickets at corner shops. The tourist info center can help you with more details.

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