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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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Icelandic history.

I really enjoyed my visit to the Open Air Museum. It was very interesting to hear about Icelandic history.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed my visit to the Open Air Museum. It was very interesting to hear about Icelandic history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had some time to kill and decided to visit this museum.The tour guide was lovely and patiently answered our questions. The museum is a delight to se and gives valuable insights into life as it was in Iceland

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped here because we had some time to kill but thoroughly enjoyed touring all of the houses and exhibits, particularly those that dealt with Icelandic life during the past century. I didn't expect to enjoy this place so much, but it gave me a picture of both modern and ancient Icelandic life that I would not have seen.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went after going to the Settlement Museum. We took a tour and our tour guide was fabulous. Life in Iceland was not easy. There are all kinds of things to keep the kids interested, costumes, toys, old fashioned race cars. If you want to know the roots of the Iceland lifestyle it is a must do.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was our second visit having been 13 years earlier and we enjoyed it just as much. First tip,is to pick a good weather day to visit. The museum has a variety of old buildings, many of them saved from Reykjavík and moved to this site which originally used to be an old farm. You can go into the houses... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I and our 24 year old son visited on a drizzly day on a whim because it was part of the City Pass we purchased. All I can say is, it was amazing. We are from Williamsburg, Virginia where the concept of open air museums was invented, but this is more fun than Williamsburg by far

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a city bus from downtown for about a half hour to this beautiful, quaint, historic museum. The grounds and buildings were charming. They had an accordion festival with Icelandic dancing when we visited. It was one of the highlights of our stay in Reykjavik.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice, relaxing walk around the grounds. Enough to keep interested adults engaged for an hour or three. Teens get bored quickly. The day we were there many guests were in period costume. There was music and a village dance in the town square. Very pleasant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum gives an interesting insight into the lives of past Icelanders; there are no grand buildings, but many are most attractive and comfortable. On the day we visited a special event saw many people in authentic and beautiful Icelandic costumes. There also happened to be a dancing display by Greenlanders - not something to ever be witnessed again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After a week travelling around Iceland we were pleased to find this site that had gathered together in one pot a collection of authentic buildings that gave us further understanding of Icelandic history. Congratulations to the local authorities who maintain this facility. The displays inside each of the buildings were informative and engaging. Recommended for all visitors (especially those with... More 

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