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Address: Kistuhylur 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
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+354 411 6300

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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Great look into Iceland's early history.

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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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Reykjavik, Iceland
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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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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Please find time to visit this opean area museum in the outskirts of Reykjavik. Here you will see amazing selection of houses and building types several hundred years back in the story of Reykjavik. You also get to see various interior designs, furnitures etc + they have a great old fashioned coffee place opend with waffles, pancakes, hot chocolate etc.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

The museum, although small, is great and we had an amazing 1.5 hour tour. We visited 4 different buildings: the church, fishermans house, townhouse and farm. This may vary at different times of year or on different tours. There was nothing our guide did not know. He was full of information and even showed us how to make thread from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

As a historical society docent myself in my own hometown in Michigan, I was very interested in seeing this village. It turned out to be much better that we expected. Our guide was extremely knowledgable, personable and humorous too! It was very interesting to go inside the old stone and sod homes from the late 1800s as well as an... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

I think, this is the place in middle of now where in the country side. It's interesting, but not really that big of deal to go out and see. Unless it's a stop on another excursion etc. But then again, check-it out if you find yourself there.

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Wonderful "historic" village of how people lived here in the past. Horse drawn short rides, grass roof houses, costumed interpreters making everything from candles to jewelry and meals. Great for our 3 young children to understand an earlier, simpler life. History Everywhere.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

As an avid living – history museum-goer, I found both this museum and it's knowledgeable/humorous guide to be one of the best. The freedom to actually enter rooms in the homes, and the jocular nature of our guide (pretty funny dude who's humorously too tall for most the buildings) really made our visit unique. Normally, these rooms are roped off... More 

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