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“Treasure hut”

Arbaer Open Air Museum
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Ranked #13 of 182 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. 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: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 23, 2014

Loved this quirky museum. So interesting, wish I had longer there to explore this Aladdin s cave of artefacts. The lady who presented our tour was enthusiastic & knowledgeable.

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Reviewed February 21, 2014

We spent an hour here and it was so interesting. There was a guided tour which was very informative and we also enjoyed meeting the very elderly man who started the museum. He is quite a character and eager to share his knowledge. This museum is unique and definitely worth a visit. Not sure what it would cost to get in because it was part of day tour.

1  Thank Jill M
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

its open in the winter, with one guided tour for the day. we spent an hour there before the tour 2 and a half hours with the guide as we were the only ones. very informative, very well presented. thorough recommend it

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Reviewed February 6, 2014

I was very happy to have stopped here on our day tour of the south shore. We arrived late in the afternoon and had about 45 minutes here during which time we were given an overview by a very informative lady who worked here. She told us all about the boat which is in the museum and about those who manned it, the clothes they wore, the weather and conditions they had to endure and the kind of lives they had. You can see a large floor to ceiling photo of these hardy Icelanders in the museum. Every space in the museum is packed full of small items like fishing hooks, books, tools and practical things. The museum guide was great and very knowledgeable.
Our bus driver's grandfather was a clergyman and his painting hangs in the museum and he (the driver) told us about the 93 year old man who started the museum , who was a school teacher, and who still frequents the museum. He was there the day we were and gave us a demo of how they used wool and also horse hair to make rope. He made It look easy. Life was certainly no joke for early Icelanders who had very little bread and made it out of dried cod. Yuck. You can see the dried fish on the wall. They really used everything they could find. The boat in fact is made of drift wood.
The old man showed us around with a vigor and clarity of a man of much younger years and was so willing to engage and tell stories. He moved quickly though as time is limited and brought us out to his little chapel where he proceeded to play amazing grace on the organ. Outside you'll see the buildings where people and animals lived. The hardy Icelanders used soil with grass for roof insulation which makes the building seem as if they grew there. Inside the conditions are cramped and you can imagine the prior occupants toiling away. Its like a step back in time and was really worth it. Going to places like this make you thankful for 24 hour shopping and lights at the end of a switch!
This was a great insight into life on the Island in days gone by.

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Reviewed February 5, 2014

most interesting and aq superb guide. very helpful people and very educational in a fascinating way. keep up the good work

1  Thank clive_c0wx
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