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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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“guided tour” (32 reviews)
“old buildings” (11 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Kistuhylur 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
+354 411 6300
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

Really interesting. Part open air and part a collection of a variety of artifacts, including a fishing boat. We didn't have long enough there ! Loved all the original houses, particularly.

Thank Pandorapus
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

This site is covered as part of the City Card and a great place to visit if you're into history. We went before the summer opening hours so it was a 1pm tour which lasted 2 hours. The guide was well informed and entertaining (who'd...More

1  Thank Alistair B
Reviewed 9 May 2017

We were with a group so a museum guide took us through the exhibits. These were original and reproductions of the living quarters of early Icelanders. It was quite interesting, particularly so because the museum guide explained a lot of the history of what we...More

1  Thank WorldQuester
Reviewed 2 May 2017

I LOVED this place. The guided tour was awesome. I am sorry that the living history portion isn't open during the winter, but I am so glad that we ventured out for the hour long tour. Totally worth the bus ride from downtown. Learned so...More

3  Thank Sara M
Reviewed 26 April 2017

I did the guided 1pm tour which is the only option in winter. Getting there on bus no. 5 was easy. Our guide was clearly an expert and passionate about the museum. He took us into several buildings (church, farmhouse, fisherman's house and townhouse), had...More

4  Thank Kim T
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Originally, this just seemed like something to do on a rainy and stormy afternoon, this tour turned out to be a pleasant and interesting surprise! Our guide was very knowledgeable and clearly lives and breathes the subject matter. We visited 4 different houses and caught...More

2  Thank Leeluu28
Reviewed 2 April 2017

We took part in the guided tour at 1am (runs Sept-May) as it is the only way to enter during winter time. Though it rained the whole time we were there, we had a good time. It was nice to see the different house types...More

2  Thank Binnur C
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Me and my partner really enjoyed the place. The guide was clear and fun, the tour was not restrictive (we were able to explore the places at our own will in between the explanations) and it was beautiful. The only thing is that in winter...More

1  Thank Geneviève L
Reviewed 23 March 2017

This place was just enough out of the way to make it hard to get to but not far enough that a tour company will take you. We braved the public transit and got there for their daily tour. You can get the bus from...More

4  Thank quincychic
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We enjoyed this, a nice domestic rural setting. Interesting display of historic buildings and contents in context.

1  Thank aivly
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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
10 February 2017|
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Response from katnewyork |
sorry!!! I meant that to be an upvote!!! Thank you for responding!!! I appreciate it!!!!
5 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!