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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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  • We visited the Open Air Museum today. In winter, there is only an option to have a guided tour to, in this case, four of the 20+ buildings (all of which are open in the summer months). What a wonderfu...  more »
  • It is like a old wonderful country town. To walk there in the summer in good weather is fantastic. You can see how Icelandic people lived it the olden days and how they worked. 
  • 不要太晏去, 看不到民族表演, 但也值得看, 裡面很大很大, 那些古老的木屋也看不完, 木屋很多類別, 可行入去或站在木屋上影相, 很欣賞古代人怎可能如此起這巨大的屋。 
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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