The Árbaer open-air museum, or Árbæjarsafn, is a historical museum in Reykjavik. Located on a former farm, it is made up of careful recreations of traditional Icelandic houses, farms, workshops and even churches from the 19th and 20th centuries, making visitors feel like they've travelled back in time.
Throughout the extensive museum, there are around thirty different points of interest to explore. Inside the houses, workshops and churches, you'll find historic objects like tools and crockery and explanations on how they were used, to help understand how Icelanders lived in the 19th and 20th centuries.
A visit to the Árbaer open-air museum is a must if you are visiting Reykjavik and want to learn first-hand about the Icelandic way of life over the last two centuries.
Every day at 1 pm there is a free guided tour in English of the Árbaer Museum. If your visit coincides with the tour, we highly recommend taking advantage of it to make the most of your time there and delve even further into Icelandic history.
How to get to the Árbaer Museum?
The museum is located around 5 miles (8 km) outside of Reykjavik city centre. The most convenient way to get to Árbaer is to rent a car and drive there, which takes around 15 to 20 minutes depending on traffic. Alternatively, if you're planning to travel by public transport, you can get the bus from the city centre and then walk around 5 minutes from the bus stop.
June to August
Daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
September to May
Daily from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Daily guided tours in English: daily at 1 pm.
Closed 1 January, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and 25 December.
Adults: 1,700 kr (US$ 13.70).
Students with valid ID: 1,120 kr (US$ 9).
Children under 17 years old: free entry.
City card holders: free entry.
Bus: lines 5, 6, 15 and 18.