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Address: Kistuhylur 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
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+354 411 6300
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Arbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum...

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 exhibitions and much more. There is something for everyone at Arbær Open Air Museum. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. till 17 p.m. every day of the week in June, July and August. During the winter season there is a guided tour at 13 pm otherwise the houses are closed.

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Educational and fun!

This was probably one of the highlights of my trip to Reykjavik. It's not as big as some other open air museums I've seen but every single building is lovingly preserved and well... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 August 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

This was probably one of the highlights of my trip to Reykjavik. It's not as big as some other open air museums I've seen but every single building is lovingly preserved and well worth the visit! The costumed docents are very knowledgeable, the on-site cafe is reasonably priced and the gift shop has everything you could possibly need to commemorate... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Wow had great fun here one sunny day. There is an indoor play area for young kids which show how people lived in different generations. There is a small playground and sand pit too. The kids loved to go into all the houses and see the relics from time gone by. Easy to get to by bus from Hlemmur -... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

i went to iceland for a research trip, and visited about ten museums while i was there. this was one of my favorites. great for kids, and for anyone interested in history or how living in iceland used to be. very enjoyable, and friendly staff.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

This is a nice half-day visit. It gives a nice overview of Icelandic building styles. There's a cafe and a nice gift-shop. The place is accessible by bus lines 12 and 5 from the center of Reykjavik, and you can buy bus tickets at corner shops. The tourist info center can help you with more details.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

This museum did a great job of sharing examples from the homes of Icelanders. My personal favorite were the 'turf houses' which we compare to the sod houses of Minnesota built by our Norwegian ancestors.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

This is a mostly outdoor museum so i recommend visiting only in good weather. On display in various houses are the history of Reykjavik and it's inhabitants with great displays of how icelanders lived many years ago with furniture and farm impliments on display

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Several houses from the Icelandic history. We liked the small toys, tools, household articles they had in the rooms in the way the original owners would had left them. Cute place, way worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

I really enjoyed my visit to the Open Air Museum. It was very interesting to hear about Icelandic history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

We had some time to kill and decided to visit this museum.The tour guide was lovely and patiently answered our questions. The museum is a delight to se and gives valuable insights into life as it was in Iceland

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

We stopped here because we had some time to kill but thoroughly enjoyed touring all of the houses and exhibits, particularly those that dealt with Icelandic life during the past century. I didn't expect to enjoy this place so much, but it gave me a picture of both modern and ancient Icelandic life that I would not have seen.

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