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“A beautiful view of old Iceland”

Arbaer Open Air Museum
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$62.61*
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Private Sightseeing Tour in Reykjavik
Ranked #14 of 179 things to do in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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. JUNE - AUGUST Open daily 10:00 - 17:00. SEPTEMBER - MAY Open daily 13:00 - 17:00. Daily guided tours in English, all year round, at 13:00 - no booking necessary. No guided tours on Dec 25, Jan 1, Good Friday & Easter Sunday.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed April 29, 2012

You must take a local bus to this living history museum but it is very simple and well worth it. The museum shows many styles of old houses set in a rural setting. Many of the buildings are furnished and open for touring. A lovely way to spend an afternoon.

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Reviewed March 31, 2012

More than a museum, Arbaejarsafn is a village with all old factories (iron, wool, candles, ...) and houses. You can discover walking in the houses how Icelanders'life was in the old times.

This is a great place to visit!

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Reviewed March 29, 2012

When the Modernists took over Reykjavik City Planning, the wanted to get rid of the old houses, that reminded them of old and poor times in Reykjavik history. They wanted glass and steel high rises instead. Thankfully they didn't get that, but they managed to get rid of some of the old houses. But instead of tearing them down, they were moved to this place. Árbæjarsafn (easy to get there by bus). It is in a suburb of Reykjavik, and surrounds the old farmhouse Árbær, that gives the museum its name. There are loads of info in English, and a nice old fashioned café, and the houses are just lovely. Choose a good day to visit, and plan to spend at least 3-4 hours there.

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Reviewed March 22, 2012

grate museum terrible location if you are walking ore taking the bus.

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Reviewed January 3, 2012

Beautiful old church, shop and lovely people. You can see that the people working there love their jobs. Try to be there when there is something special going on, like the 13 Yule lads or when they are gathering the hay!

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