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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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  • Average4%
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“turf houses” (16 reviews)
“farm animals” (8 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Kistuhylur 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
+354 411 6300
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Went to this museum with my husband and the parents in October 2017. The cost is about $16 per adult, and about $10 for seniors (67+ in Iceland). The tour guide guided us through about 1/2 of the houses in the museum, which was a...More

Thank Noe D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great peaceful walk to learn about the history of the early inhabitants of Iceland and their architecture. Thought the entrance price was a tad expensive. We missed the guided tour, remember to go at 1pm!

Thank eventidephoenix
Reviewed 4 days ago

This gives a good overview and perspective on history and life in Iceland. There is a variety of buildings that covers the lives of people in the country with an easy walking path.

Thank Sharon R
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went for the English tour at 1 PM which was excellent! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer questions. Being able to go into sod houses and other historic structures really helped me understand their function. It was great that they...More

1  Thank JP-in-MD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very educational and fun little tour. Our guide, Baldur ( I apologize if that is misspelled), was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and personable. He was humorous, engaging, and open to questions. Plus his set of keys are awesome.

Thank Anna J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The open air museum is great. The details maticulous and great to see the school room, farmhouse and small church. During the week there is music in the small church. Great fun and easy to do.

Thank gowilton
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was interesting to learn how they lived, worked and build their houses a few centuries ago. The guide did his tour with passion.

1  Thank marc s
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We used our Reykjavik city card to take the number 12 bus from the centre of town. This is a long journey, around 50 minutes, but you go through parts of the city that you'd be unlikely to visit, which is always interesting.It says it...More

4  Thank Pennie H
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We took a public bus (very easy) which is about a 25 minute bus ride out of Reykjavik to the sight. We saw authentic homes, barns, church and other buildings that were all move to the sight for viewing a slice of Authentic Icelandic Life.

1  Thank Diane P
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We wasted too much time here. It's an interesting open air museum but I would only recommend it if you have seen everything else. It was so windy and cold in July so avoid it if the weather isn't conducive for walking around.

3  Thank 702deb
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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!