Reykjavik Open Air Museum, Reykjavik

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Gain a better understanding of the capital city's folklore from past generations at Reykjavik Open Air Museum. The Reykjavik Society, formed when concerns arose that the city was losing its local history, created this museum to address these issues and find ways to restore the town's past. This included restoring farm buildings, which is why the museum is now mostly open-air. Visit a professor's house, a typical stable, an exhibit with old trains, a blacksmith's house, and even an old slaughterhouse. You can also check out archaeological findings in one of the museum's newest exhibits, Reykjavík 871±2. Take a look at our Reykjavik trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Reykjavik Open Air Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Our family of 4 (2 kids ages 6 and 9) visited and loved it! Lots of neat old buildings to explore, and learn about the history of the area. The kids' play area was great (a collection of little rooms)...  more »
  • We wanted to see the turf houses and we weren't disappointed. Every day at 1 pm there is a free guided tour in English. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and we wouldn't get all the info i...  more »
  • The day was cold and raining but the museum was excellent. It is made up of many building that are representative of the styles of mainly houses from the past including the early 13th century (?) hous...  more »
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  • Very cute museum built around the more recent history of Reykjavik. Do take the staff-run tour. The workers seem to really enjoy their jobs and want to tell you all about the buildings and history. The sheep are adorable and will come to the fence for pets and love. Very glad I stopped here.
  • Great museum. Guide was fantastic very knowledgeable. We spent several hours after the tour looking at the buildings and exhibitions. Really well done.
  • This is a wonderful place to get a feel for Icelandic History and culture. If you can get a guided tour, do so. It is well worth it. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Museum is not the right word! It's not stuffy at all. It's a hands on experience that lets you feel how the inhabitants of Reykjavik lived in the early 19th century.
  • Great open air museum with real old buildings, some of which originally stood there, others which were relocated there. The employees are all dressed in historic clothing an will answer your questions. There are also a few animals like sheep and horses and an interactive toy exhibition for kids. You can buy candy at an old grocer's store (that does accept modern credit cards) and eat some cake at the café as well.

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In this highly walkable capital, many of Reykjavik's hotels and guesthouses offer close proximity to the city's popular attractions, bars, and restaurants. The waterfront offers an exciting dose of activity. Although Reykjavik provides plenty of accommodations to its flocks of visitors, there is a dearth of budget options in the city. Price-conscious visitors should consider staying in a hostel, with both private and dorm rooms available, or a nearby campsite. Although the campground is not as centrally located as some hotels, guests are better positioned to take advantage of the natural surroundings.
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