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Address: Kistuhylur 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
Phone Number:
+354 411 6300
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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 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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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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alistair B
Chichester, United Kingdom
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 have thought he'd been to Weald & Downland open air museum in the U.K.!). To... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 were seeing and how the early residents lived. You can certainly go without a guide... More 

1 Thank WorldQuester
Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 much about how the people of Iceland used to live. Amazing to see how people... More 

3 Thank Sara M
Cologne, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 great stories to tell, demonstrated spinning wool and answered all of my questions. He let... More 

4 Thank Kim T
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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 a glimpse of past Icelandic live. We had assumed the tour would run approx. 1... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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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 (farmer's, fisher's and merchant's houses) and learn about the living conditions in earlier days. The... More 

2 Thank Binnur C
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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 you have to take the guided tour because there's almost nobody, so not all the... More 

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Reviewed 24 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 the main bus station in Reykjavik to a few blocks away from the museum. The... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

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

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

It is one of the nicest museums to stroll through in the summer and visit one house after another from different time periods in the Icelandic history- it gives you an excellent idea of how Icelanders lived and survived through centuries. In summer they have the staff sometimes dressed up in national costumes. Make sure to check out the agenda... More 

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