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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...more
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Kistuhyl 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
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Reviewed yesterday

It was a very fun guide. I've taken the first vessel, so not crowded too much. Some of the nice views are obscured by the fog

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Alyssa_09A
Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoyed the somewhat outdoor activity today since the weather was okay. There are some very interesting houses and displays throughout the grounds. We walked most of the trails. My favorite was the Nurses display in one of the houses of the main courtyard.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Fain R
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have time, this open air museum is a great way to view the early homes of Reykjavik residents - for city folk, farmers and fisherman. If possible, coordinate your visit with a free guided tour.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank VisitorBob
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friend who lives here took us to this place. What a place. The local culture preserved. I love the fact that the buildings are kept exactly intact also. It’s such a nice warm loving feeling you get there.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 164Anonymous164
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent a lovely half a day here. Pretty town buildings with recreated interiors from different time periods, turf houses, friendly staff dressed in period costumes and farm animals make for a very picturesque little hike. Very good for children. I recommend the café inside...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank mad_dr95
Reviewed 30 August 2019

Strange feeling. Kind of agricultural community but pretending to be a museum. Staff not interested in visitors needs.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank vantwoboy1
Reviewed 25 August 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed a nice day out side and had some cake at Dillonhaus. The houses were interesting and the place empty... not the most exciting but a calm hour.

Thank Kim G
Reviewed 18 August 2019

You can easily spend two hours in this open air museum. Checking out all the authentic houses, the new exhibitions, and walk around on this “back in time”-terrain. Wonderful staff, a coffee house, and a lot of information are included in this area.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 836anneliesb
Reviewed 8 August 2019

We loved every minute of this very interesting open air museum. It was like going back in time. Well done and expansive. The best examples are the ones not in the "square" but on the outer rim. Each structure is well appointed with "treasures" from...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank fizzy1991
Reviewed 4 August 2019

The Arbaer Open Air Museum (AOAM) is just COOL, BEAUTIFUL and fun to explore. I would say it is a MUST Visit if you only have a short time in Iceland / Reykjavic. (AOAM vs the Perlan are tied for the must visit museums). Family...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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9 August 2019|
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Response from budgettraveller1987 | Reviewed this property |
You can take the bus from the center of town-price is the basic fare. It's a short walk from the bus stop. We were a bit confused on where to go once the bus stopped, but there was a passenger who told the bus driver where... More
9 July 2018|
Response from Bat-Dan4 | Reviewed this property |
One option to try is the flea market...
17 April 2018|
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Response from TracyB_Htown | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can do the entire thing yourself, we took a bus there and walked around with the kids. Had a great time and even eavesdropped a bit on some of the other tours that were there. No one seemed to mind!