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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  • We spend a wonderful afternoon visiting the various buildings representing the excellent museum. There were actual sod/rock dwellings respesenting how the people during the 1800's, lived without any s...  more »
  • Found us it very interesting. There are houses of various ages and social levels of Iceland. It's worth much.
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  • Really interesting place. It was very quiet when I visited only a few other visitors. You’re able to go into the houses and see how they lived but not all buildings are open.
  • A great place to explore. Fascinating to see how simply people used to live-and not in the very distant past. The houses are kept as original as possible, so you can try to imagine what it was like to live during that time before computers, TV and all the luxuries of the modern world. Some houses date to before electricity and indoor plumbing.
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