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“Reykjavik City Museum - lovely place full of the Icelandic heritage” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Reykjavik City Museum
Ranked #87 of 176 things to do in Reykjavik
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“Reykjavik City Museum – lovely place full of the Icelandic heritage”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

We were recommended to visit Reykjavik City Museum at the hotel as far as we’d like to learn more about Iceland . The museum is really good, good guidance. Don’t miss! The place is suitable for both adults and children.

Visited February 2012
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Anchorage, Alaska
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“Interesting exhibits,”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2012

Only went to Hafnarhaus facility (1 of 3) but will certainly check out the other s next time.

Visited January 2012
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Reykjavik
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“Two museums for one price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2012

Firstly, there is some misunderstanding in the reviews above, since some of them are about the Settlement exhibition, that has it's own reviews elsewhere on this website.

What is generally called 'Reykjavik City Museum' is actually two museums. One is called Arbaejarsafn and is an open air museum located in an old suburb of Reykjavik (easily accessible by bus). It is a collection of old houses that have been moved from the old locations in the city center and redone beautifully. There are reviews about this part of the museum under 'Open-Air Folk Museum'.
The other part is the Settlement Exhibition, also called Reykjavik 871+/-2 (which refers to the year of the settlement, plus/minus 2). That museum is smack downtown, since this is an exhibition of the very first house built in Reykjavik, by the very first inhabitant of Reykjavik. There is not a 'house' there, only ruins. The museum is still very nice. There are reviews on this museum as well here.

The combined cost is 1100 kronur for both museums.

Hope this clears things up a bit.

Visited September 2011
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Garner, North Carolina
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“Beneath the sidewalk!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

Great museum. Lots of unique gifts in the museum shop.

Visited July 2011
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Little House on the Prairie, Icelandic style.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

We managed to make it here on one of the few days a week that this little museum is open during the winter. We were the only people on the tour, which was a pity because it was very interesting. The tour guide said that they get very few visitors in contrast to other tourist spots in the city - I imagine because it's a bit tucked away, but it's easily accessible by bus.

Essentially this is a "museum" made up of historic preserved buildings moved to an old farm that used to be on the outskirts of Reykjavik. We were able to tour an old church that had been moved from its original village; the original farmhouse, and see the old stables, "kitchen" and upstairs sleeping loft. We learned a lot about the diet & lifestyle of Icelanders not so long ago...very illuminating!

Visited December 2011
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