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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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Kistuhylur 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
+354 411 6300
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

A facinating open-air museum, featuring houses moved from various parts of Iceland. In the summer I gather it is very lively with staff in-custume etc. We visited in October and there is a guided tour which was offered by Anna, who was really pleasant and...More

Thank ballinora4
Reviewed 4 October 2016

I visited this museum with my Reykjavik City Card, which gives free admission to museums and inclusive bus travel for 1, 2 or 3 days. This open air museum has only one tour at 1300 from the beginning of September. Allow an hour for the...More

Thank Donald M
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Interesting buildings to go into, school, barns. homes. and like. Got a feel of what it would have been like back then, Staff very friendly and offered their assistance if necessary. Some of the buildings were a little difficult for get into----tall steps with no...More

1  Thank 365teri
Reviewed 23 September 2016

This was my first experience with an Open Air Museum. It has some very nice examples of what Icelandic Villages/Life use to look like but with all the outdoors that Iceland has to offer its not necessarily a must see. I good way to pass...More

Thank Sydney H
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Really interesting spot to learn about Icelandic history. The staff is friendly and they wear the traditional Icelandic dress. They have a lot of activities for young children. The woman (I think her name was sunna or something similar) working at the register was very...More

Thank katiethompson24
Reviewed 18 September 2016

On a tour of Reykjavik this summer, the open air museum was our first stop. And we didn't want to leave! A re-creation of an Icelandic village, most of the buildings depict life as it was in the 19th century, from a church and a...More

Thank njcavalier
Reviewed 13 September 2016

lots of building variety...good displays...guide was wonderful...Worth a visit...not too expensive to enter.

Thank peterwitt2016
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Worth going round to see how and why people lived in turf houses and how they managed in the harsh weather. Really interesting and something for everyone there. You have open access to the houses and you can spend as much time as you like....More

1  Thank hideyspidey
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

An open air museum to see what a typical icelandic house looks like and what looked like in the past. It takes about 1h30min to 2h. Unless you have a car, it'd recommend you take a bus, as it's a bit far from the city...More

1  Thank Ankoku_na
Reviewed 2 September 2016

We didn't know what to expect, but we found this a very interesting way to spend a couple of hours. The museum is essentially a park with buildings from many time periods of Iceland's history. You can go in the buildings and really see what...More

Thank bvalley1
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Does anyone know how long the guided tour takes? Thanks.
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
we would like to visit your museum and go on the tour on February 20th. do we need to make a reservation for the tour? there will be four adults and one child......thank you!!! also what bus do you take from the center of the city and what stop do you get off at......thank you!!!
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!!!!
Hi - We will be in Iceland in March. We may need a few smaller activities to fill a day when we aren't doing long days outside the city. Would you provide directions and suggestions to this museum? Thanks in advance!
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!