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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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Turf houses, the example for the sod houses of the American midwest.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 August 2016
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Tea, South Dakota
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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

We went after going to the Settlement Museum. We took a tour and our tour guide was fabulous. Life in Iceland was not easy. There are all kinds of things to keep the kids interested, costumes, toys, old fashioned race cars. If you want to know the roots of the Iceland lifestyle it is a must do.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

This was our second visit having been 13 years earlier and we enjoyed it just as much. First tip,is to pick a good weather day to visit. The museum has a variety of old buildings, many of them saved from Reykjavík and moved to this site which originally used to be an old farm. You can go into the houses... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

My wife and I and our 24 year old son visited on a drizzly day on a whim because it was part of the City Pass we purchased. All I can say is, it was amazing. We are from Williamsburg, Virginia where the concept of open air museums was invented, but this is more fun than Williamsburg by far

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

We took a city bus from downtown for about a half hour to this beautiful, quaint, historic museum. The grounds and buildings were charming. They had an accordion festival with Icelandic dancing when we visited. It was one of the highlights of our stay in Reykjavik.

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