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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Antique Automobile day 5th of July | 26.06.2015

The annual Antique Automobile day will be held on Sunday July 5th at the Árbær Open Air Museum.

Carving lessons at Árbær Open Air Museum 6th, 8th, 13th and 15th of July | 29.06.2015

At Árbær Open Air Museum kids can learn how to carve and drill with an old style driller in July.

Accordian festival & Haymaking Sunday 12th of July | 29.06.2015

Sunday, July 12th, guests at the Reykjavik Open Air Museum have the opportunity to view and participate in old fashioned hay making as they were conducted for centuries in Iceland. The old haymaking methods were still being practiced as late as 1960´s in many parts of Iceland, but today the machines have taken over.

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