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Arbaer Open Air Museum

Kistuhylur 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
+354 411 6300
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Kistuhylur 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
+354 411 6300
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We came here as we had a few hours to spare and wanted clean air. the museum is neat, very historical and informative. Our children obtained an insightful history of Iceland and the first habitants. They also had a blast riding the carts!!

Thank BIGtraveller66
Reviewed 4 days ago

Caught a bus from outside our hotel straight to this wonderful place . Very interesting museum with lots to see Because of the lack of sunny weather we had the place to ourselves

Thank bennynobrain
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely a must see if you have time. Gives a quick and insightful history of Iceland and its people. Old buildings and the Icelandic way of life from years ago. It is on the outskirts of the city but there's a bus route...More

1  Thank rommel_lanceta
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful insight into the history of Iceland homes over the last hundred years. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing the inside of homes as they were in the period . Well worth a visit and free for over 67's.

Thank Vivien C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Arbaer museum is a delightful place to visit out on the edge of Reykjavik. We were there on a dry day in mid July. There is a fascinating mixture of old buildings, some timber, some stone and timber, and some turf houses; most were...More

Thank MarchesaBoccella
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing place this was to see! There are many buildings and homes from the Iceland Past. You are able to go into the buildings and even go up stairs in the ones with second floors. There are works that are seen throughout the...More

Thank Renee E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Open Air Museum to see some aspects of Icelandic life. As seniors we were allowed free entry.... brilliant! We took bus no. 16 from Hlemmur bus station & it took around 15 minutes to get there. We ended up asking the way...More

Thank Penylan11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice open air museum. Old farm houses etc. in a nice valley surrounded by city of Reykjavik. I would go again!

Thank Khs7703
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Breathtaking step back in time, the rooms are frozen as they were many many years ago. Lovingly recreated and maintained. If You take the time to appreciate the effort and love that would have gone into this you will be blown away as I was.

1  Thank Ali P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very nice museum for all ages. It costs a bit but is well worth it! The staff were very inviting and seemed exited to have us there. Every half hour you could join a guided tour, without extra expenses. Also inside some of the...More

Thank Marianne V
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11 February 2017|
Response from Gudrun Helga S | Property representative |
Hi Nina, the guided tour is in English and it takes just over an hour. Best regards, Gudrun Helga Stefansdottir, marketing manager
11 February 2017|
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Response from katnewyork |
sorry!!! I meant that to be an upvote!!! Thank you for responding!!! I appreciate it!!!!
6 January 2017|
Response from 405deano | Reviewed this property |
This was one of my favorite places in Iceland! I took a bus there so can't really give you directions but I'm sure people there will help you. Have a great time!