Árbæjarsafn - Reykjavík City Museum., Reykjavík

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  • Árbæjarkirkja - the turf-church at Árbæjarsafn.
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    Árbæjarsafn - The Reykjavík City Museum.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jan 6, 2013

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    Árbæjarsafn museum is an open-air museum - it was opened in 1957 and old houses from Reykjavík have been relocated there from the center of Reykjavík - and form a small village.

    In the summer time there are domestic animals there and visiting makes one feel like one has stepped back in time. People working there are dressed the way Icelanders dressed in old times and there is always something going on and a lot of special events. There are various workshops showing the way of life of Icelanders in past centuries.

    There is a also a storehouse which houses the exhibition of an old Icelandic locomotive and fire engines. And a show on the big fire in Reykjavík in 1915 plus all the fires in Reykjavík since then.

    There is an old turf-church at Árbæjarsafn with a service on some Sundays.

    There is also a lovely shop there, Krambúðin, and a café in a house called Dillon (1835).

    In one big house, the former gymnasium, there is an exhibition on toys and children can play in various small rooms with toys from different decades, and a small theater - that is very popular with kids :)

    I very much recommend going to this museum, it is so lovely there, both for our Icelanders and tourists alike.

    My next tip is on the Christmas opening at Árbæjarjasafn.

    I at the museum when I was 1 year old

    Opening hours: From June 1st to August 31st 10-17.

    In winter time there are guided tours Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 13h. I just read on their Facebook page (January 2013) that they now offer guided tours every day of the week at 13-14. The guide takes you on a tour of the church and the old town and tells the story of Reykjavík in the old time.

    Admission fee is ISK 600 but there is free entrance on Fridays! Your ticket allows you 2 visits so keep unto it if you want to come back for another visit.

    Elliðaárdalur valley is south and west of the museum (see my off the beaten path tip).

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    Árbæjarsafn museum - Christmas opening.

    by Regina1965 Updated Dec 12, 2010

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    Women making leaf-bread (see my custom tip).
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    Árbæjarsafn museum is an open-air museum - it was opened in 1957 and old houses from Reykjavík have been relocated there from the center of Reykjavík - and form a small village.

    In the summer time there are domestic animals there and visiting makes one feel like one has stepped back in time. People working there are dressed the way Icelanders dressed in old times and there is always something going on and a lot of special events. There are various workshops showing the way of life of Icelanders in past centuries.

    There is a also a storehouse which houses the exhibition of an old Icelandic locomotive and fire engines. And a show on the big fire in Reykjavík in 1915 plus all the fires in Reykjavík since then.

    In 2 black houses in the southern end of the museum there are excellent exhibitions, one of the exhibitions is on the occupation of the Brits of Iceland during WW2 and on life in Reykjavík during this time. And in the other house there is an exhibiton on how architecture developed through the centuries in Reykjavík.

    The exhibition in most of the houses are of how people lived, so the house and the household inventory are the exhibition. But in other houses there are different exhibitions. And in one house you will see all the Icelandic national costumes on display.

    There is an old turf-church at Árbæjarsafn with a service on some Sundays.

    There is also a lovely shop there, Krambúðin, and a café in a house called Dillon (1835).

    In one big house, the former gymnasium, there is an exhibition on toys and children can play in various small rooms with toys from different decades, and a small theater - that is very popular with kids :)

    I very much recommend going to this museum, it is so lovely there, both for our Icelanders and tourists alike.

    In winter time there are guided tours Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 13h.

    Admission fee is ISK 600 but there is free entrance on Fridays! Your ticket allows you 2 visits so keep unto it if you want to come back for another visit.

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    Árbæjarsafn Reykjavik City Museum

    by thelittlevoice Written Jul 9, 2006

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    Old buildings and artefacts depicting life in Reykjavík through the centuries. It is an open-air museum established in 1957. The aim of the museum is to give the public an idea of icelandic architecture and the lifestyle of the past.

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    Árbæjarsafn Reykjavik City Museum

    by thelittlevoice Written Jul 9, 2006

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    The Árbæjarsafn has 30 buildings of various kinds, most of which have been moved from the Reykjavik city centre. They include homes of rich people and poor, along with various kinds of workshops; special exhibitions elucidate life in the countryside and on old farms. Guides in costume and craftsmen educate guests and demonstate working methods that are disappearing. One of the museum buildings has an exhibition tracing Reykjavik's history from settlement to the present.

    Admission is ISK600 but I got a Tourist Card so it was free.

    During summer it opens from 10am to 5pm.

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