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. 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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  • recommend this place for everybody that likes to see and go in to old houses and see all the old things.  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit to Arbaer. Although we were the only visitors, the guide happily left his post to show us round the turf houses and tell us about how Icelanders used to eke out a living in challe...  more »
  • this museum is a little out of the way, but not too hard to get to via public buses, ask at one of the tourist info offices and they can direct you. not terribly detailed, as I went in winter, but sti...  more »
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  • We had a wonderful time visiting this amazing museum! Our tour guide was knowledgeable, interesting and charmingly proud of her country. Her descriptions of the community and the buildings brought the people who had inhabited them to life. Although the tour was just over an hour, we were there for 3 hours and could have stayed much longer exploring on our own.
  • It's interesting. It's a museum, and if that's your thing, it'd be worth your while. It's nice though that it's outside and let's you get some fresh air.
  • This outdoor museum reflects the story of Reykjavik - perfect for both adults and children - family friendly. Great coffee and waffles. Lot to see and do
  • Beautiful window into the history (mostly 19th and 20th century) of Iceland, from the view of people living in those time periods. You will get a lot more than you pay for here.
  • Very cute museum built around the more recent history of Reykjavik. Do take the staff-run tour. The workers seem to really enjoy their jobs and want to tell you all about the buildings and history. The sheep are adorable and will come to the fence for pets and love. Very glad I stopped here.

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