Arbaer Museum

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Arbaer Museum Reykjavik Reviews

davejo davejo
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One of the most interesting museums in Reykjavik Feb 03, 2017
I visited Arbaer Museum as it was one of the attractions that i could enter free with my 72 hour city card, and as it happens it turned out to be one of the best places i visited. It was the Icelandic version of Skansen Garden in Stockholm where old houses were relocated here from Reykjavik and other parts of Iceland. The idea behind the museum was to let everyone have access to the history of the city and its cultural heritage.

June , July and August the museum is open everyday from 10.00 - 17.00 but in the other months you must take a guided tour at 13.00. Admission is 1,400 ISK and free for under 18s. Take no 12 or 24 bus to reach the museum which is a few kms from the city center.

Most of the old houses you can enter and and they are just the way they would have been at the time people lived in them, complete with furniture and household goods, groceries etc. Some locals dressed in traditional clothes are employed for the summer season and are only too pleased to answer questions or pose for photographs.

As you enter and pay the entrance fee there is a souvenir shop, but do not forget to ask for a free map of the museum which indicates the paths and houses.

You can easily spend 4 hours at the open air museum by wandering around the inside of the houses examining the household items and furniture from decades before we were born. You can see the clothes of that time period, and the bedrooms, sitting rooms and kitchens, all of which i found very interesting.

At the museum there were several buildings that were insulated with turf on the roof. One was for keeping livestock, another a blacksmith's house, and another a larger house with sleeping accommodation upstairs.

One of the more interesting buildings was the old church that came from Northern Iceland. It can be rented out for special occasions. Other photos include local people dressed in traditional clothes who are employed in the summer months . Just ask if you can take their photograph and they will oblige you.
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