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Arbaer Open Air Museum

Kistuhylur 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
+354 411 6300
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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 programs and much more. There is something for everyone at Arbær Open Air Museum. The Museum is open from 10 am 5 pm. every day of the week in June, July and August. During the winter season visits are only by guided tour at 1 pm otherwise the houses are closed. Groups can visit the museum by appointment throughout the year. However, the museum is open three Sundays before Christmas from 1 pm - 5 pm.
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“turf houses” (16 reviews)
“old buildings” (11 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Kistuhylur 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
+354 411 6300
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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...More

1  Thank Bakedpea
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...More

1  Thank Susan C
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,...More

2  Thank Nelsons_NYC
Reviewed October 5, 2016

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...More

Thank ballinora4
Reviewed October 4, 2016

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...More

Thank Donald M
Reviewed September 26, 2016

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...More

1  Thank 365teri
Reviewed September 23, 2016

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...More

Thank Sydney H
Reviewed September 23, 2016 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...More

Thank katiethompson24
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...More

Thank njcavalier
Reviewed September 13, 2016

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

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February 11, 2017|
Response from Gudrun Helga S | Property representative |
Hi Nina, the guided tour is in English and it takes just over an hour. Best regards, Gudrun Helga Stefansdottir, marketing manager
February 10, 2017|
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Response from katnewyork |
sorry!!! I meant that to be an upvote!!! Thank you for responding!!! I appreciate it!!!!
January 5, 2017|
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Response from g0lfgirl16 |
I also took the bus there. It took about 40 minutes or so from city centre but would only take about 15 by car without all the stops. City maps are provided at hotels, etc. which will have the museum on it. A tour isn’t... More