Árbær Open Air Museum

Árbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum opened there in 1957. Árbær is now an open air museum with more than 20 buildings which form a town square, a village and a farm. Most of the buildings have been relocated from central Reykjavik.
Árbær Open Air Museum tries to give a sense of the architecture and way of life and lifestyles of the past  in Reykjavik and during summer visitors can see domestic animals. There are many exhibitions and events held at the Museum which highlight specific periods in Reykjavik's history. These include craft days, vintage car displays, Christmas exhibitions and much more. There is something for everyone at Árbær Open Air Museum.

Click here to see a map of our location.

Read more about the history of the Árbær Open Air Museum

How to get there?
The museum is an open-air museum, situated by the street Kistuhylur in Ártúnsholt, Reykjavik. From City Centre take Bus nr. 19 from Hlemmur. The bus stops at Strengur which is just a few moments walk from the museum. (See map). Other buses that stop close to the museum are nr. 12 and nr. 24.  For more information about public transport see: bus.is

Opening Hours

June 1st - August 31st:  Open daily from from 10.00-17.00

September 1st - May 31st:  Visits by guided tours only. Guided tours daily at 13.00 or by appointment.

Groups can also visit the museum by appointment throughout the year.


Adults: 1.400 ISK.

Children (18 years and younger): Free admission

Groups (10+ paying as a group):  800 ISK

For further information please call (+ 00 354) 411 6304 or send us an email at citymuseum@reykjavik.is.


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Summer season starts at the Open Air Museum | 28.05.2015

The summer season starts at the Árbær Open Air Museum on Saturday, May 30th. On Sunday, May 31st, there will be a concert and exhibition talk. For more information click on this event.


Opening hours for the weekend May 23rd-25th | 20.05.2015

The Open Air Museum will be open for the weekend of May 23rd to 25th from 1 pm to 5 pm (13-17). The summer schedule will take full effect on May 30th and the Museum will be open all summer long until August 31st from 10 am to 5 pm (10-17). The Settlement exhibition will be open from 9 am to 8 pm (9-20) every day.


Hjáverkin: Atvinnusköpun kvenna í heimahúsum 1900-1970 | 12.05.2015

Á íslenska safnadaginn, sunnudaginn 17. maí kl. 14.00, verður opnuð ný sýning í Árbæjarsafni sem ber heitið Hjáverkin – atvinnusköpun kvenna í heimahúsum 1900-1970.

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