Arbaer Open Air Museum

Arbaer Open Air Museum, Reykjavik: Hours, Address, Arbaer Open Air Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Arbaer Open Air Museum
4.5
Historic Walking Areas • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Árbær Open Air Museum - A day out of time Reykjavík's open-air museum, where you can stroll through the past and experience the way we lived. Fun, fascinating and full of surprises, this living museum takes you on a journey through time. Reykjavík's early history is preserved in a series of lovingly-restored homes, where you'll encounter costumed guides, grazing animals and traditional crafts. Exhibitions, demonstrations and tours reveal how Reykjavík came to life, from a few scattered farms to a vibrant capital city. JUNE - AUGUST Open daily 10 AM - 5 PM. SEPTEMBER - MAY Open daily 1 PM - 5 PM. Daily guided tours in English, all year round, at 1 PM - no booking necessary. No guided tours on Dec 25, Jan 1, Good Friday & Easter Sunday. Árbær Open Air Museum is part of Reykjavík City Museum: One museum in five unique places. Welcome!
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catfish_hurdles
Stroud, UK161 contributions
Oct. 2021
We spent 4 or 5 hours here! We were treated to a one-to-one guided tour by a very knowledgeable and helpful member of staff in national dress. Throughly enjoyed learning about how people lived in Iceland and how Reykjavík grew to be city it is now. Fascinating stuff.
Written 18 November 2021
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Almostgreynomad
Sydney, Australia755 contributions
Oct. 2021
I bought the city explorer pass, so public transport and entrance to this museum was included - bargain !

In summer they have people in costume - so would feel very authentic. I was there off season - so quiet, but there is a (free) guided tour every day at 1pm - which I highly recommend.

Interesting to see the turf houses and hear the history
Written 31 October 2021
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soccermomFlorida
Florida69 contributions
Aug. 2021
We really enjoyed this place. It is a large complex with many buildings and gives you a sense of what life was like in rural Iceland, especially from the 19th through the mid 20th century. It is a different type of museum where you walk in and out of different buildings with exhibits in them, and therefore a welcome change from the usual type of museum. Plan on 1-3 hours depending on how much and thoroughly you wish to go through things. Also they have free tours in English at 1 pm on weekedays, at least.
Written 13 August 2021
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fussgussysmom
Albuquerque, NM442 contributions
Jun. 2021
This was one of the first museums we saw when we arrived in mid-June 2021 for a 30-day exploration of Iceland. We had our own car and arrived to the museum on June 17th which is their Independence Day. We were not aware of this and got to witness the annual "crowning" (actually putting on a fancy veil) of the Fjallkonan or "Lady of the Mountain," some traditional Icelandic dancing, many traditional costumes, and a car show! Additionally, this museum has several old buildings that have been moved here and has one of the 14 turf houses that are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage site's tentative list. The other turf houses are found all over Iceland. Most of the buildings were open and the entire museum is well-marked with signage written in Icelandic and English. There is also a nice gift shop to get souvenirs. We ended up spending over 4 hours here due to the Independence Day festivities. However, you could "rush" through the many buildings and signage in about 1.5 hours. Additionally, the attached turf house interiors here are set up to represent different "eras" whereby the furnishings inside each one match the era at the time. We ended up visiting 4 more turf houses around Iceland since we were so mesmerized with the idea of living in one full-time. The employees were all dressed in various types of heritage garb with one sitting in the turf house to answer any questions that arose. You can catch a local bus or take a cab to get to this museum (not located in central Reykjavik). Also, the Hop-On Hop-Off bus does not stop a this location. Also, there is no food served at this location, but nice fish restaurant just next door. There are also many ore restaurants around the area. By the way, the "ae" in Arbaer is pronounced as a long i-sound like in "pie." This was a great start to our 30-day vacation. Very nicely done!
Written 1 August 2021
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Brian D
Denver, CO1,991 contributions
May 2021
Great museum to visit in Reykjavik. It looks like it would be out in the middle of nowhere, but it is actually right in the heart of the city, located just off a couple of very busy highways. The farm land has been maintained here as there is still one original structure that has been on this site for over a century. Most of the other homes and buildings have been moved here to preserve their historic value. The homes have been decorated in time appropriate motif. You get a great idea of what it would have been like to live here many, many years ago. Inside you'll find different exhibits - one house has a whole range of items from every decade - items that you may have found in these homes at those times. Another house features a photography museum. The farm features chicken and other livestock. There are some turf buildings and homes to explore as well. Really an enjoyable place to visit and it features a lot more than you first expect.
Written 21 June 2021
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Hoppityskip
Basildon, UK12,318 contributions
Nov. 2019
A real trip to see a time capsule of the countries history set out in a really fascinating way to stimulate interest.
Written 23 October 2020
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margretsam
Reykjavik, Iceland108 contributions
May 2020
Went there with my family, 4 and 8 years old. We spent 3 hours there, looking around, playing and having fun. Lots of old things to look at, both the houses themselves (from different eras of Reykjavík) and items. There is a playground with swing. The children can play with the old toys in one of the houses also. Chickens are roaming free. This is a must to see and please make sure to give yourself enough time to enjoy.
Written 21 May 2020
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KimN75
Forney, TX7 contributions
Mar. 2020
I love history so couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit Arbaer Open Air Museum. It is always interesting to see how different cultures lived.
Written 11 March 2020
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Malgorzata
10,706 contributions
Jun. 2019
Excellent open air museum, lots of interesting information give us knowlegde , how people in Iceland lived before. This museum collected old buildings from around Iceland. I really enjoyed going into the houses and going up and down the ladders and staircases. It was really fascinating to discover all this things about life in past Iceland. Beautiful and rich of details museum. Enjoyable place to visit, one of the best attractions in the Reykjavik area. Plan in more hours than you think you'll need. Worth to see to understand better Iceland.
Written 11 March 2020
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Mike s
Swansea, UK107 contributions
Feb. 2020
Like St Fagan's in Wales this venue preserves Iceland's historic buildings and was a lovely place to visit with the fresh snow fall. Staff were very friendly and helpful, chatting about the structures and Icelandic culture, they also kindly gave us free coffee.
Written 10 March 2020
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