Reykjavik Open Air Museum, Reykjavik

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#2 of 29 in Historic Sites in Iceland
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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  • August 17, 2017
    This open-air museum is extremely well done and interesting. There are about thirty houses that reflect the evolution of society in Iceland and the construction of homes. Can enter the houses whose doors are open, up the stairs (sometimes steep), and travel back in time because the houses date from the last century. It's really exciting. Explanations are written in English at the entrance to the houses. There is an enclosure where you can see Rams and chickens. It's a very rewarding visit for the history of the Iceland. However, if you decide to stop by the Café of the Museum (which is in a small house also), be aware that the service is pretty poor and that the person who took our order seemed annoyed that we did not speak Icelandic... Nevertheless, it is a place to see, as it is near Reykjavik.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Very fun to wonder around visiting scenes from history. If you want to understand and learn more about Iceland and daily life in the past this short break in the city will help you a lot.one of my fav...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    We spent an hour or so wandering the paths and taking pictures. A nice piece of Iceland's history and interesting. Even though we were in drizzle and wind.  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    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
  • June 24, 2017
    This is a good place for people interested in history. Old houses and old household items. Nice place for families.
  • June 17, 2017
    Interesting and completely free for pensioners over 67. Easy parking in good size car park in front of museum.
  • June 30, 2017
    Great open air museum. Loved the old Houses.
  • May 24, 2017
    Lovely museum lots of stuff to do with your kids and more like that you get to see old Icelandic houses

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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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