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Reykjavik Open Air Museum, Reykjavik
Categories: Historic Walking Areas, History Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
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. Plan your Reykjavik Open Air Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Reykjavik using our Reykjavik holiday planner.
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Without travelling far from Reykjavik, one can experience life as it was in Iceland. A well preserved and truly great museum and grounds. Plan to spend several hours there, for the on-site curator has... read more »
We went for a tour in late September that was scheduled for one hour. There were only 5 of us on the tour. The tour guide (called Silli, short for his Icelandic name), was wonderful - answered all que... read more »
A facinating open-air museum, featuring houses moved from various parts of Iceland. In the summer I gather it is very lively with staff in-custume etc. We visited in October and there is a guided tour... read more »
Berglind Guðrún Beinteinsdottir
This museum is worth the visit, because it gives you a good insight into the past. It is an open air museum so I recommend that you pick a sunny day to go. Many of the houses that are on site come from Reykjavik center and have been renovated. The staff usually wear Icelandic national costumes which is really nice. They have a coffee shop that sells traditional Icelandic food, like waffles and pancakes.
A beautiful open air museum that gives you a good idea of what living in Iceland was throughout the years. Very friendly staff that wears period appropriate cloathing.
Luka Planina Medin
Similar to Skansen in Stockholm, and just as good. Of course it is not as large.
A cool look at early 20th century Nordic living
A great place to get to know the history of Iceland and Reykjavík in action. Look at and step into real old houses from various times, chat with staff dressed in traditional clothing and even partake in traditional jobs! A little bit out of the way but totally worth the trip. I recommend going in good weather as this is partly an outdoor museum.
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