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Address: Kistuhylur 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
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+354 411 6300
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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 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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Good for history buffs

This place was just enough out of the way to make it hard to get to but not far enough that a tour company will take you. We braved the public transit and got there for their... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place was just enough out of the way to make it hard to get to but not far enough that a tour company will take you. We braved the public transit and got there for their daily tour. You can get the bus from the main bus station in Reykjavik to a few blocks away from the museum. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed this, a nice domestic rural setting. Interesting display of historic buildings and contents in context.

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is one of the nicest museums to stroll through in the summer and visit one house after another from different time periods in the Icelandic history- it gives you an excellent idea of how Icelanders lived and survived through centuries. In summer they have the staff sometimes dressed up in national costumes. Make sure to check out the agenda... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did a guided tour (no additional charge) through the museum grounds and got to go inside the main buildings. The guide was dressed in traditional icelandic clothing and had a lot of knowledge about the buildings, the people that use to live in them and the general history of Iceland. Afterwards we had a simple, but great lunch at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although this attraction is officially closed in the winter, short guided tours are available daily at 1pm. At other times you can freely wander around the houses, reading the informative plaques outside each one. Our guide was friendly and actually entertained us for 2.1/2 hours - but we learned so much!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a great idea to create such a nice open air museum! we received rare experience to see how people lived before in Iceland and we can compare how we are living now. very nice place!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Had some very unique building and antiques from the early days of Iceland's beginnings. Also had some old cars and a really nice indoor museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

We visited the Open Air Museum today. In winter, there is only an option to have a guided tour to, in this case, four of the 20+ buildings (all of which are open in the summer months). What a wonderful experience as our guide eloquently and humourously talked to us about the buildings, customs, people and history of Iceland. He... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

It is like a old wonderful country town. To walk there in the summer in good weather is fantastic. You can see how Icelandic people lived it the olden days and how they worked.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

It is always lovely to go here. It is peaceful, relaxing and it gives an idea on how Icelanders were leaving untill few decades ago. There are wonderful houses, full of charme, history and well done design, perfect for Iceland. Also if the museum is closed, you may enter and walk around, without the possibility to enter in the houses.... More 

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