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Address: Kistuhylur 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
Phone Number: 3544116300

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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Interesting buildings to go into, school, barns. homes. and like. Got a feel of what it would have been like back then, Staff very friendly and offered their assistance if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Brunswick, Maine
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Brunswick, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting buildings to go into, school, barns. homes. and like. Got a feel of what it would have been like back then, Staff very friendly and offered their assistance if necessary. Some of the buildings were a little difficult for get into----tall steps with no railings but I guess that was life then

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Bruges, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was my first experience with an Open Air Museum. It has some very nice examples of what Icelandic Villages/Life use to look like but with all the outdoors that Iceland has to offer its not necessarily a must see. I good way to pass time if needed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Really interesting spot to learn about Icelandic history. The staff is friendly and they wear the traditional Icelandic dress. They have a lot of activities for young children. The woman (I think her name was sunna or something similar) working at the register was very friendly and helpful. I had a lot of questions, and she was very patient and... More 

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Chatham, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On a tour of Reykjavik this summer, the open air museum was our first stop. And we didn't want to leave! A re-creation of an Icelandic village, most of the buildings depict life as it was in the 19th century, from a church and a smithy to a grand home big enough for two well-to-do families. As farm life was... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lots of building variety...good displays...guide was wonderful...Worth a visit...not too expensive to enter.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth going round to see how and why people lived in turf houses and how they managed in the harsh weather. Really interesting and something for everyone there. You have open access to the houses and you can spend as much time as you like. Highly recommend

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An open air museum to see what a typical icelandic house looks like and what looked like in the past. It takes about 1h30min to 2h. Unless you have a car, it'd recommend you take a bus, as it's a bit far from the city centre (bus 16 stop two minutes walking from the museum).

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't know what to expect, but we found this a very interesting way to spend a couple of hours. The museum is essentially a park with buildings from many time periods of Iceland's history. You can go in the buildings and really see what it was like in that time-- fun and very interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was surprised at the size of the exhibition buildings. They are bigger inside! Access to all over the houses upstairs and down. Such a variety of this to see.

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved seeing this beautiful historic city. It had a lot to offer in the history of the Icelandic culture. Small town. but worth seeing the houses and how they lived.

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