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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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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... read more

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Kópavogur, Gullbringusysla, Iceland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Brynjólfur B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank Bakedpea
Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Susan C
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Nelsons_NYC
Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A facinating open-air museum, featuring houses moved from various parts of Iceland. In the summer I gather it is very lively with staff in-custume etc. We visited in October and there is a guided tour which was offered by Anna, who was really pleasant and informative. A good activity for kids.

Thank ballinora4
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this museum with my Reykjavik City Card, which gives free admission to museums and inclusive bus travel for 1, 2 or 3 days. This open air museum has only one tour at 1300 from the beginning of September. Allow an hour for the bus to get you there, but if you are driving, there is lots of free... More 

Thank Donald M
Brunswick, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank 365teri
Bruges, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Sydney H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank katiethompson24
Chatham, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

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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