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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 #10 of 160 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We loved out visit! The various 'trades' mimicking a typical Swedish town from past-centuries ago was very impressive; my particular highlight was live glass-making, and the delicious products from the bakery. The open-air museum is pretty big, with many things to explore, so I would definitely allow at least 3 hours. The downside for me was paying an extra 160... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It`s a really big park, really good for kids that like zoos and aquariums, and good for a stroll. But otherwise, it`s nothing special, just examples of their countryside houses and customs.

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Lovely experience, lots of things to do, animals to see and the history area was great. Downside expensive to park around the area 40 kj for 2 hours so we stayed for 4 hours and this cost is nearly £17 wow …. Funfair local to skansen too. Last downside they charged extra for animal tour which was expensive around £12... More

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Lincolnshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We spent just over half a day wandering round this amazing open air museum in Stockholm. It has various buildings from all over Stockholm through the years with informative guides in lots of the buildings to answer any questions as you go round. There is a little train up the hill but the hill is ok to get up walking.... More

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Colorado Springs, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Skansen is a Museum(akin to Willamsburg in Virginia)/Botanical Garden/Zoo. The many Actors are pleasent, knowledgeable and really help you to understand Swedish and regional history. The Zoo while basic lets you see all the local wildlife upclose. The Gardens are gorgeous in season. We spent 4-5 hours here over midsummers and enjoyed every minute of it.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is truly the best place to visit if you are in Stockholm. Its a zoo where you can see all swedish animals but its also a museum where you can visit swedish history. Visit the old swedish school, swedish farmers , see what the houses looked lika back in the days from north to south. Visit the baker, glassblower,... More

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Skansen is a really big open-air museum/zoo. One should plan to stay a whole day. We started our visit by using an escalator on the left side of the entrance which brought us to the old village. The buildings are so beautiful. We were able to go inside most of them. It was fun to show our kids how people... More

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Norfolk, Massachusetts
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We visited Skansen in the spring, admission cost (100-160 SEK) was included with our "Stockholm card". We arrived in the afternoon, and missed the town quarters craftsmen demonstrations because of early closing. I would highly recommend arriving in the morning! Additionally, Skansen is huge and involves a lot of walking, but there are many relaxing and beautiful places to stop... More

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Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Have visited two other Museums of this nature, but this one surpassed them both ...put together! The attention to detail was provided realism. The costumed staff provided great information on eg cheese making, period goods for sale. We were lucky enough to see the bears playing and to watch the magnificence of the Great Grey Owl arrive on the stump... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We thought this was a different and interesting concept for a museum. We came here using our Stockholm Card. The best part was the aquarium, which seemed to more than just an aquarium. They even have a room with lemurs running around with you! They also have a large reptile exhibition. We enjoyed the zoo as well with bears, moose,... More

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