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Reykjavik Open Air Museum, Reykjavik

4.6
#3 of 71 in Historic Sites in Iceland
Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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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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  • Spent almost 2+hours at this site. Very informative and  showcased the history, culture and lifestyle of past Iceland. Buildings were well-managed and located at a very nice site. Had a great walk... 
    Spent almost 2+hours at this site. Very informative and  showcased the history, culture and lifestyle of past Iceland. Buildings were well-managed and located at a very nice site. Had a great walk...  more »
  • We had an excellent guided tour here on Thursday with Steppi (hopefully that’s the correct spelling!). He was funny, engaging and incredibly knowledgeable about Icelandic history. He gave us a... 
    We had an excellent guided tour here on Thursday with Steppi (hopefully that’s the correct spelling!). He was funny, engaging and incredibly knowledgeable about Icelandic history. He gave us a...  more »
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  • Very Nice museum and very staff. I can only recommend this open air museum to everyone that comes to island it’s a beautiful place with lots of information about island and it’s history. That houses are very nicely decorated and restored. Also there are very nice animals Sheep and goats and Horses and at the end there is a very nice store with lots of souvenirs
  • Very interesting museum! You can learn a lot from the people in each of the houses about how was life in early 1900 in Iceland. Harsh to be sure, but very interesting to see how much it changed. Definitely visit if you have the time and like to learn more about history and architecture.

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