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“Unexpected pleasure”

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: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Topeka, Kansas
Level 5 Contributor
40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Unexpected pleasure”
Reviewed March 15, 2014

We really enjoyed this museum, which included several old-style houses and a church. The 92 year old owner/curator showed up while we were there and demonstrated how to hand-spin wool and later played the pump organ and sang in the little church. Our tour guide had interesting stories about several of her favorite things and then turned us loose to roam around the grounds. We didn't really expect much but actually thoroughly enjoyed it.

Visited February 2014
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Springfield, VA
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228 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“More interesting than I predicted”
Reviewed March 14, 2014

We had about an hour here, maybe 45 mins, and that was not quite enough. There is a lot to look at, esp when you consider that part of Iceland existed with Middle Ages tech and lifestyle until the 1970s. Outside buildings pretty interesting too. Such small houses, outdoor kitchens, attractive church.

Visited March 2014
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Miami, Florida
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Holds a wide range of historic artifacts”
Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

Interesting place, it holds a wide range of historic artifacts, furnitures, a life size fishing boat used by farmers who were forced to go to the seas during winter, and many other aside from the turf houses located within the compound.

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Wynantskill, New York
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“Worth the Trip and Stop by the Pool”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

Great for a relaxing day. Very informative. Quaint, not world-class but worth the visit. It contains artifacts and relocated buildings showing the nature of society in olden days.

Visited July 2013
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Salem, Oregon
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Nice tour during the off season”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

We went here in February. They only have one tour per day in the winter. We enjoyed our visit. It gave real insight into the life of Icelanders in years gone by. The antique home with the barn below the bedrooms to capture the warmth of the animals was a particular interesting piece of local history. Also the sod roof church with the prisoner seated right next to the pulpit so he would be sure to hear the sermon. The tour guide was very informative and overall, we enjoyed our two hour visit. I'm sure there is much more going on at this site, people in costume, etc, during the summer, and that would make it even more worthwhile. Even in the off season though, this is well worth a visit, and is included in the tourist package card that you can purchase on site or at many hotels.

Visited February 2014
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