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Reykjavik Open Air Museum, Reykjavik

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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. 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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Where to stay in Reykjavik

In this highly walkable capital, many of Reykjavik's hotels and guesthouses offer close proximity to the city's popular attractions, bars, and restaurants. The waterfront offers an exciting dose of activity. Although Reykjavik provides plenty of accommodations to its flocks of visitors, there is a dearth of budget options in the city. Price-conscious visitors should consider staying in a hostel, with both private and dorm rooms available, or a nearby campsite. Although the campground is not as centrally located as some hotels, guests are better positioned to take advantage of the natural surroundings.
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  • We were returning to Iceland for the second time in June 2017 and wanted to do something a bit different, so we chose to go to this museum. It is situated on the grounds of an old farm with many house...  more »
  • This was a good activity for a couple of hours. Interesting to see how things used to look in Iceland. Recommend to families with kids too.  more »
  • The buildings here show how the people of Iceland lived until the second world war, only a few people had modern conveniences. The houses were built out of wood and stone and some have the barn attach...  more »
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  • Nice views, pretty houses (the real one which we see in video with green tops are less 2,3 ) but even others are good. Relief and relax time. If you are having already experience Blue lagoon, golden circle and south coast then do visit, but may no be a good idea to come here and miss out something out of them
  • This is a good place for people interested in history. Old houses and old household items. Nice place for families.
  • Interesting and completely free for pensioners over 67. Easy parking in good size car park in front of museum.
  • Great open air museum. Loved the old Houses.
  • Lovely museum lots of stuff to do with your kids and more like that you get to see old Icelandic houses