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Gain a better understanding of the capital city's folklore from past generations at Reykjavik Open Air Museum. The Reykjavik Society, formed when concerns arose that the city was losing its local history, created this museum to address these issues and find ways to restore the town's past. This included restoring farm buildings, which is why the museum is now mostly open-air. Visit a professor's house, a typical stable, an exhibit with old trains, a blacksmith's house, and even an old slaughterhouse. You can also check out archaeological findings in one of the museum's newest exhibits, Reykjavík 871±2. Take a look at our Reykjavik trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Reykjavik Open Air Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Unique collection of turf houses spanning a wide period of Icelandic history giving a great opportunity to see these unusual structures in one place near Reykjavik. Great experience through even on a.... more
Unique collection of turf houses spanning a wide period of Icelandic history giving a great opportunity to see these unusual structures in one place near Reykjavik. Great experience through even on a.... more »
Arbaer open air museum was originally farm land and has accumulated a diverse collection of quite a variety of houses spanning a few centuries. Purchasing the City Pass and stopping on our way up to.... more
Arbaer open air museum was originally farm land and has accumulated a diverse collection of quite a variety of houses spanning a few centuries. Purchasing the City Pass and stopping on our way up to.... more »
We were drawn here by our desire to see and photograph the turf church. We were amazed to find so much more. We thoroughly enjoyed the many other historical buildings inside, as well as getting to..... more
We were drawn here by our desire to see and photograph the turf church. We were amazed to find so much more. We thoroughly enjoyed the many other historical buildings inside, as well as getting to..... more »
Loved this place. It's a beautiful rural setting with the city growing up around it; it's an island of peace and looking back into history. Friendly staff and very interesting exhibits from various periods in Iceland's history. Fascinating how settlers lived in years gone by. We spent a very enjoyable afternoon exploring the grounds and the various buildings. We'll worth the effort to get out there!
Very Nice museum and very staff. I can only recommend this open air museum to everyone that comes to island it’s a beautiful place with lots of information about island and it’s history. That houses are very nicely decorated and restored. Also there are very nice animals Sheep and goats and Horses and at the end there is a very nice store with lots of souvenirs
Very interesting museum! You can learn a lot from the people in each of the houses about how was life in early 1900 in Iceland. Harsh to be sure, but very interesting to see how much it changed. Definitely visit if you have the time and like to learn more about history and architecture.
Walk along an open park that showcases icelandic life from 100 to 200 years ago. The time and effort taken to preserve and maintain the houses and thier content are commendable. It is best to visit in summer when the museum welcomes more people and further operates as an open public park.
A must see if you are visiting Iceland. Lots of history and great educational information. It's a great day trip with the family and very kid friendly.
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