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“Great with a guided tour”

Arbaer Open Air Museum
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US$59.43*
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Private Sightseeing Tour in Reykjavik
Ranked #16 of 181 things to do in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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. JUNE - AUGUST Open daily 10:00 - 17:00. SEPTEMBER - MAY Open daily 13:00 - 17:00. Daily guided tours in English, all year round, at 13:00 - no booking necessary. No guided tours on Dec 25, Jan 1, Good Friday & Easter Sunday.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 21 June 2012

Highly recommend Arbaejarsafn, particularly if you go on a guided tour (free each day, usually at 1 pm) and if the weather cooperates. I brought a group and we found it very interesting and a good cultural/historical experience in contrast to all of Iceland's outstanding natural attractions.

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Reviewed 28 May 2012

Overlooking the city, the outdoor museum consists of several period houses, a church and workshops which depict how the earliest settlers lived. If you are limited in time, there are other things which might be of more interest unless history is your thing.

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Reviewed 28 May 2012

A very pleasant experience to take a walk among the old turf houses and take a peak back to the past. You can enter all of the houses and see how people lived in Iceland up until the 20th century.

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Reviewed 26 May 2012

Glimpses of a simplier life in Iceland. Amazing collection of items used for daily living in this challenging but beautiful place to live. It's surprising how recently people lived in turf houses off the grid.

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Reviewed 17 May 2012

Unfortunately, the tourist information on this museum was not accurate and having got the bus and walked some distance to get there (in the freezing cold/snow flurries), we were told that it was closed. We had been told by our hotel that it was open at 1pm but upon arrival we were informed that until June it is open at 1pm for guided tours only. Its probably worth double checking with the museum if you are planning on making a visit.

We were very disappointed to have missed out on seeing inside the houses, but were able to wander around the outside and peer through the windows. There was information about each house outside. I think the museum is fantastic - and its great to see all the buildings in one place. There are some beautiful buildings. Would love to return one day. Its definitely worth making the effort to get there.

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