Reykjavik Open Air Museum, Reykjavik

#3 of 66 in Historic Sites in Iceland
Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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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  • We really enjoyed this place. It is a large complex with many buildings and gives you a sense of what life was like in rural Iceland, especially from the 19th through the mid 20th century. It is a.....  more »
  • This was one of the first museums we saw when we arrived in mid-June 2021 for a 30-day exploration of Iceland. We had our own car and arrived to the museum on June 17th which is their Independence...  more »
  • This place is underwhelming when you first walk in but then when you see the older homes in the back it becomes amazing. Definitely money well spent. I suggest starting from the back and working your way in. Some of the animals there are pretty tame. The sheep love to be pet
  • I only experienced the museum on culture day and it was free for anyone wearing traditional clothing. I ate very nice pancakes and there were many nice events. The outdoor nature of the museum msde it even more fun.

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