Reykjavik Open Air Museum, Reykjavik

Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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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  • A real trip to see a time capsule of the countries history set out in a really fascinating way to stimulate interest.  more »
  • Went there with my family, 4 and 8 years old. We spent 3 hours there, looking around, playing and having fun. Lots of old things to look at, both the houses themselves (from different eras of...  more »
  • I love history so couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit Arbaer Open Air Museum. It is always interesting to see how different cultures lived.  more »
  • This place is underwhelming when you first walk in but then when you see the older homes in the back it becomes amazing. Definitely money well spent. I suggest starting from the back and working your way in. Some of the animals there are pretty tame. The sheep love to be pet
  • I only experienced the museum on culture day and it was free for anyone wearing traditional clothing. I ate very nice pancakes and there were many nice events. The outdoor nature of the museum msde it even more fun.
  • Interesting exhibit although quite a few buildings aren’t open to walk through. They have many period buildings from different time periods as well as farm animals and a large exhibit about nursing in Iceland over the last 100 years. It can be quite difficult to get a cab to come all the way out here to pick you up after.
  • Nice bois and nice deco in the houses. Go pet them sheeps if you go, they love it. Also nice to learn a bit more how life in Iceland was before.
  • Interesting place to explore near Reykjavik. We had a few hours before we needed to be at the airport and this was a great way to spend time learning about Iceland in the settled, post Viking era.

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