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Address: Kistuhylur 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
Phone Number: +354 411 6300

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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This amazing museum is very close to being approved as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We learned so much about what life was like in Iceland from a marvelous guide who was funny as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This amazing museum is very close to being approved as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We learned so much about what life was like in Iceland from a marvelous guide who was funny as well as informative. This is wonderful for family with kids of all ages as well as couples like us. You can get there by city bus... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a pretty place to see how are the houses of Iceland. You can go inside of them to see and explore them. It is an attraction for adults and children. Unfortunately when I went with my friends, the houses were closed. If you drive there you can find free parking lot. You should check the tour schedules because... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of my favorite places while in Iceland. A true must see for anyone wondering about the history and first settlers of this amazing country. Such a beautiful place

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Central Florida, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is like any other of this genre but I learned even more going inside the houses and being a bit more free to touch and try than I have in the past. Our friend used to come here on field trips and she recommended it so we gave it a go and we're happy we did. Definitely worth... More 

Thank Chellee T
Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a museum with houses from the past. It shows how people used to live in Iceland just early last century. The cute little houses with the grass roofs have a lot of charm. I'm sure all tourists enjoy this place. Do not miss this.

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Streetsboro, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

It is easy to find on the way to the airport. Go during the day to see it well. Its an easy short visit.

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Kópavogur, Gullbringusysla, Iceland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This is the open air building museum in Árbær. The buildings here were from places around Iceland that were relocated here in order to preserve them. I recommend the old church and houses with the grass on top, both of which are from 1800´s.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

I came here with my mum on a cold, windy and rainy day. Nothing could dampen this tour around the museum. Our guide was funny and knew his stuff and he made the experience the joy it was :) We learnt so much and loved being able to walk inside the houses and sit on the beds. Our favourite house,... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Without travelling far from Reykjavik, one can experience life as it was in Iceland. A well preserved and truly great museum and grounds. Plan to spend several hours there, for the on-site curator has a lot to share and was able to answer our many questions.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

We went for a tour in late September that was scheduled for one hour. There were only 5 of us on the tour. The tour guide (called Silli, short for his Icelandic name), was wonderful - answered all questions we asked in a very friendly, informative manner & let us take as much time as we wanted to see everything... More 

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