Árbær Open Air Museum is one of our favourite museums in Reykjavík! It tries to give a sense of the architecture, way of life and lifestyles of the past. There are more than 20 buildings which form a town square, a village and a farm. Many of the buildings have been moved from central Reykjavík.
It´s a paradise of near vertical stair cases, nooks and crannies, amazing dusty objects, old photos, vehicles, clothes etc. House after house, room after room, 1000´s of objects simply delight.
You can read about every house here. (Well, in theory - not all of the links were active when I checked out the Reykjavík city council website... but it is off season and also during COVID 19 pandemic so hopefully it´ll work for you).
Our favourite building is the old Árbær Farm. The kids love how you can walk through the interior of the farm straight into the section for the animals. The meat hanging from the ceiling, the giant pots and pans, saddles, a labyrinth of corridors and dark passages and atmosphere are just amazing.
There are many places where you will need to supervise younger kids (most of the stair cases for example) and if you are taking a baby i'd advise bringing a baby carrier because a pram probably won't fit in most of the indoor spaces. We had our picnic lunch (with two dozen chickens) at the tables outside Dillons House. We will definitely be back again!
ÁRBÆR OPEN AIR MUSEUM
Tel: (+354) 411 6304
GUIDED TOURS DAILY ALL YEAR ROUND AT 13:00.
Included in admission, no need to pre-book.
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR
24 Dec only guided tour at 13:00, 25 Dec closed, 26 Dec only guided tour at 13:00, 31 Dec only guided tour 13:00, 1 Jan closed.
Guided tours in English for groups (10+) are available throughout the year by appointment.