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.

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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: 1.300 ISK.

Children (18 years and younger): Free admission

Groups (10+ paying as a group):  760 ISK

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


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Barnamenningarhátíð á Borgarsögusafni 2015 | 10.04.2015

At Árbær Open Air Museum there will be a children‘s festival with all sorts of fun activities for families. You can join a parade around the museum with a brass band and enjoy a children‘s concert inside a house called Lækjargata.


Opening hours at the Open Air Museum | 27.03.2015

The Museum will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday but regular guided tours are every other day at 1 pm. The Museum is closed apart for the guided tour.


Settlement Sagas | 26.03.2015

Last 21st March a special exhibition opened at the Settlement Exhibition in collaboration with the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies. At the center of this special exhibition will be three rarely seen manuscripts that tell the history of the settlement in Reykjavík.

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