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“Very interesting”

Arbaer Open Air Museum
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Private Sightseeing Tour in Reykjavik
Ranked #11 of 178 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, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

This museum is a collection of old Icelandic buildings, on the site of an old farm. The buildings are well presented with a lot of information in English. The girls Loved the playpark! The cafe is reasonably priced as well!

I loved the grass roofed chapel, which was very spiritual.

If you have 2 hours or so, it's well worth the visit. Parking is free and at the door.

Thank colin f
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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679 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 476 helpful votes
“Nice Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2014

The museum was interesting - we liked the outdoor house with the mud roof - amazing how it coped with such harsh weather conditions. Worth a visit if you have seen everything else.

Visited January 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Loved the outdoor exhibits”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2014

The highlight of this museum are all the outdoor buildings. I was with my children aged 9 & 11 and they like the inside museum ok but then we discovered all the little houses, the school house, the church etc. They loved (as did I) walking into the hut houses, seeing how folks used to live as late as the 70s. The transportation museum part was also nicely done but there is a lot of text to read and the exhibits seemed to run into each other (because they have so mush stuff to show). Overall this museum is a great place to visit. I would go again.

Visited August 2014
Thank Ann H E
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Informative and friendly staff.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2014

Professional and good quality folk museum. Informative and friendly staff. Highly recommendable. It gives you a very good overview of how the people of Iceland lived and worked.

Visited July 2014
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2014

We had gone to Glumbaer in the north - the sod homes there are much more interesting, as is that museum. Guide was good.

Visited July 2014
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