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Skansen Open-Air Museum

Djurgarden 49-51, Stockholm 115 93, Sweden
+46 (0)8 4428000
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As featured in Stockholm for young kids
Ranked #9 of 161 Attractions in Stockholm
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Zoos, Parks, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Skansen is the world's first open-air museum, founded in 1891. Here you can stroll through five centuries of Swedish history, from north to south,... more » Owner description: Skansen is the world's first open-air museum, founded in 1891. Here you can stroll through five centuries of Swedish history, from north to south, with a real sense of the past all around the historical buildings and dwellings, peopled by characters in period dress. Living history over 150 dwellings and other buildings from all over Sweden have been dismantled and reassembled in an area of 300 000 m2 at Skansen. You can travel back in time and meet people from the past. On summer evenings you can also come along and watch traditional Swedish folk dancing! Skansen Zoo at Skansen you will find both domestic and wild Nordic animals such as bears, wolves and lynx. Don't miss our guided tours in English during the summer and in December. Our newly-opened Children's Zoo gives youngsters the opportunity to meet a variety of interesting animals.Added attractions Skansen hold a traditional celebrations to mark occasions such as Walpurg is Night, Midsummer and Christmas. Enjoy a delicious meal in one of the restaurants with breathtaking views over Stockholm. And don't miss our Museum shop, selling traditional handicrafts and Swedish design products. « less
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Toronto
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63 reviews 63 reviews
40 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is a very interesting collection of historic buildings and local animals. We saw everything from old farmsteads to the revival of the European Bison. In the early evening the folk music and dance shows were very nice as well (although surprisingly not well-attended). An educational and enjoyable way to spend a summer's day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Do not skip on Skansen. You must, I mean MUST visit. Lots of interaction. The best part for me was entering in the houses (they are open few a day) and be greeted by nice ladies who represent the old way of living, studying etc in Sweden. Very authentic atmosphere, for sure. Trees and fresh air... All kinds of animals.... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Skansen is very interesting and I enjoyed it a lot - both the historical building and the zoo part. It was disappointing however that the aquarium inside requires an extra ticket.

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U.S.A.
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3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited the afternoon of August 11th, and we were nearly the only family in the entire park. There were some photo opportunities, and we did enjoy a relaxing walk.

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Boulder, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I don't really care for caging animals, but the zoo was a bit run down and pathetic even aside from that. The rest of Skansen was worthwhile. It's a big place, prepare to walk a lot.

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Winchester
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The open-air museum makes for a fun day. Lots of activities, lot of walking, many animals to watch. It's nice that they have brought in actual buildings from around the country rather than building models.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Ska seen on a sunny day is bliss. The open air museum of swedish buildings makes it worth on its own. Thoroughly enjoyed the the day spent there.

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Athens, Greece
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

One of the best places to visit in Stockholm- an absolute must if you are travelling with kids. Everything is wonderful but I particularly enjoyed the little zoo. The animals have lots of space and are very well looked after ( I fell in love with the lynxes) I also loved the tobacco and matches museum ( there is also... More

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Dublin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

My second visit there didn't disappoint. It's very easy to spend 3-4 hours there. Tips: bring comfy shoes, go as early in the day as possible and take a left when you go in the gate to get to the town before the facilities there close. Aquarium and zoo in the middle cost extra.

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you have more than 2 days in Stockholm, this outdoor museum is worth a trip. Most of the historical buildings have been moved from other parts of Sweden. The museum employees are happy to answer any questions.

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