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“Open air folk Museum”

Arbaer Open Air Museum
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Ranked #10 of 179 things to do in Reykjavik
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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. 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Level 6 Contributor
350 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Open air folk Museum”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

A wonderful view of Icelandic history. It allowed me to appreciate what Icelanders had to deal with. I enjoyed the young tour guide in typical Icelandic clothing. She spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable about Icelandic history. I enjoyed going through the old buildings especially the church. I would highly recommend this for any visitor to Iceland.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Dianne H
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Reykjavik, Iceland
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A lovely look back into the past.”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

I've been there many times, with my children when they were younger and highly recommend it for anyone interested in Icelandic history, and for people with children, who generally enjoy such places.

Visited August 2012
Thank Nanna G
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183 reviews
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“Visit a sod house”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The Arbaer Museum is not really a "museum" at all, but rather an open air village of old buldings, commercial, residential, etc. gathered together at this site and rehabbed. The village also includes a small farmstead complete with a sod house in its original location.

The young guides had decent English and were both friendly and knowledgable.

If you are at all interested in Icelandic history or culture, a visit to this place is a must! That said, it's a bit too far to walk from the downtown Reykjavik tourist area. Cabs are readily available, but pricey.

Visited July 2013
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Snoqualmie, WA
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“One of our favorites”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Of the dozen or so museums and attractions that we saw (most by using the Welcome Card) in the Reykjavik area during the recent world congress of Esperanto, this was among our favorites. We got there by Bus 19 from town, and had planned to spend an hour or a bit more. But we were there for two hours, and I wish we had had a bit more time even. Each of the many buildings was interesting in a different way. One old house had a fellow stationed there, and we spent a lot of time with him asking questions about the old farm equipment and such. It feels so "last century" that it's jarring to see the city in the distance. One reason we'd have liked to have more time there is that the reception lady told us that the café serves the best pancakes in Reykjavik -- "And I'm not just saying that because I work here," she assured us.

Visited July 2013
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18 reviews
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

A nice moment outside of town. Lovely turf houses. A bit difficult to get there. Not much activity. Not very inviting coffee house

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Fred C
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