This unique museum was founded in 1957 in order to give visitors a tangible sense of Reykjavík’s past. It comprises a village-like collection of over twenty “homes,” each of which is a separate exhibition. Visitors learn how Reykjavík developed from a few scattered farms into the capital of Iceland. During the summer months, staff wear period costumes, and domestic animals bite fresh grass around the site, but whatever time of the year you visit you will find plenty to do and see.
The Reykjavík City Museum – Árbær Open Air Museum is suitable for all ages and includes a playground and a toy exhibition where children can play freely.