Árbæjarsafn (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈauːrˌpaiːjar̥ˌsapn̥]) is the historical museum of the city of Reykjavík as well as an open-air museum and a regional museum. Its purpose is to give the public an insight into the living conditions, work and recreational activities of the people of Reykjavík in earlier times.
Around the middle of the 20th century, there was growing concern that "old Reykjavík" was disappearing forever. The first efforts to found a museum came in 1942, when the city council was presented with a petition to that effect. The request was well-received, and forwarded for comment to the Reykjavík Society, a group concerning itself with local history. The systematic collection of documents on the town's history began about that time, laying the foundations for the city's archives.
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Linda McDonald | Feb 13, 2018
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.
Ian Cropper | Feb 26, 2018
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.
Puffin Travel Iceland | Feb 12, 2018
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
Joanne Quinn | Oct 10, 2017
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.
Addicted to travel | Jan 29, 2018
This place was really great. I really recommend but please take into consideration that you will need at least 3 hours to see all.
Martin Jurča | Mar 6, 2018
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.
Paula Vargas | Apr 23, 2018
It was free for the Children’s festival and we enjoyed it big time! A lot of old fashioned toys for the little ones and a really nice outdoor area.
Patrik Gaža | Apr 11, 2018
Beautiful turf houses, close by the mainroad, with a huge parking. Nice view, interesting place. I really like it
Nicolas Duclos | May 1, 2018
Awesome experience. We had a blast with the family and we learned a lot about the first Reykjavík settlers
Hillary Murphy | Jun 11, 2018
Very cool open air museum. Showing life in Iceland. Its a bit far from town but if you buy the city card you can use the public bus for free and visit this place. It is very expensive but is discounted on the city card. the City Card is the smartest and most affordable way to explore Reykjavík. It has been tailor-made for visitors to the city, helping you to get the most out of your trip. Simply choose from a 24, 48, or 72-hour card and visit as many attractions as you want
Mary Neubaum | May 22, 2018
Cold, out side, didn't see RR. Walking place to place. Gift shop ,some hand made wool ornaments, lamb,goats, thimble. Hot coffee. Books. Toys.
Jose Ferrer Costa | May 19, 2018
It was more interesting than I expected, very well preserved old houses with histories about the time they were used. Worth the visit.
Kristy McCoy | Jun 27, 2018
Great place to spend a few hours. Lots of information, and most translated to English. Many toilets on site and ways for children to amuse themselves.
Amanda Ng | Jun 20, 2018
Árbær is a fairly small open air museum compared to the others I've been to (Skansen, Seurasaari and Fort Edmonton), which makes it a good 3 hour long trip. They offer a free tour at specific timings that I highly recommend as there may not be staff in the other houses to talk more about the buildings.
John Lloyd | Jul 14, 2018
On the outskirts of the city lies one more element of the five site Reykjavík City Museum, the bucolic Árbær Open Air Museum. Similar to Stockholm’s Skansen, this excellent museum incorporates around two dozen historical buildings relocated from their original sites further downtown, giving a deep insight into life in the city from the 19th century onwards. As well as finely preserved turf houses and farm buildings, there is an excellent chronological history of the urban development of the city, tracing it from 1900 onwards, through the difficulties of the interwar period, the swift modernisation that followed and the sociological impact felt by the population as their lives were altered. It’s a fascinating place to visit and could easily absorb two to three hours and there is a cafe to rest up at too. Highly recommended.
James Harrison | Jul 27, 2018
We really enjoyed our visit here. Were surprised by how many houses there were and the amount of items inside. House number 7 was our favourite. We've been to a few open air museums before and usually most of it is behind ropes or screens, but here you could walk around as if you really lived in the place. Great atmosphere. They also have a turf house in the traditional Icelandic style.
Rude Boy | Jul 29, 2018
very nice! 1650isk entry fee or i believe it's included in the city card bus/museum pass. the houses are beautifully preserved; walking around the restored houses makes you feel like that prying neighbor!! it's like stepping back in time; the costumes the staff all wear certainly creates this image. there's also a cafe in the complex. enjoyed!
Kate Weglowska | Jul 18, 2018
One of the nicest places I have visited during my stay in Reykjavik. Open air museum that I haven't seen before. I loved these old houses with roofs covered with grass. Great spot to learn about Icelandic culture. There's a little coffee place as well where you can sit outside.
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