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Reykjavik Open Air Museum, Reykjavik
(4.5/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This is a museum with houses from the past. It shows how people used to live in Iceland just early last century. The cute little houses with the grass roofs have a lot of charm. I'm sure all tourists ...  more »
  • It is easy to find on the way to the airport. Go during the day to see it well. Its an easy short visit. 
  • This is the open air building museum in Árbær. The buildings here were from places around Iceland that were relocated here in order to preserve them. I recommend the old church and houses with the gra...  more »
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  • Definitely worth a visit. It is amazing how well kept and original the exhibits are. It's remarkable to see how well made and well designed the old houses were. They are small but have many rooms and amenities. It is definitely worth a visit just to see the houses alone. Children will also have fun here playing with old outdoor toys and seeing farm animals. It is a MUST SEE!
  • I've been there twice when I was visiting my relatives in Iceland. It's a wonderful museum and shows what life was like in Iceland before it became a popular tourist attraction. Iceland used to be one of the most impoverished countries in Europe before it gained independence from Denmark. One reason that I especially like this museum and want to go back again, is that the turf-built church which was erected in 1842 in Silfrastaðir in Skagafjörður, is where my father was born when it was part of the farm where he grew up.
  • Great museum. It's free and you get to see how the islandic people lived in the old days. No tour and no explanation tho.
  • 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.
  • Fascinating museum, didn't realise just how much there was. Guide could not have been anymore helpful or knowledgeable. Really recommend a visit