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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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Noosa, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

A lovely way to spend a day and get an appreciation for the Swedish way of life as it used to be. A lot of effort has been put into being authentic and we loved the raspberry tart at the coffee shop.

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London, United Kingdom
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

A very good open air 'Sweden in miniature' museum containing Nordic animals, recreated Scandinavian farmsteads, Scandinavian buildings (originals) that have been moved to this park land to give an authentic flavour of Sweden. My only gripe is that having paid an entrance fee of £30 for two there are additional charges for rides and to see certain reptiles/ birds /... More

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Malta
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Another very interesting place to visit. This is sitting in the middle and on top of Djurgarden. You can see small cottages as well as reenactments of various crafts and trades of days gone by. There is also a small zoo with animals normally found in the Swedish countryside.

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Paris, France
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This is an open air museum of old buildings that have been moved and reassembled at Skansen. It is basically the history of Sweden. In addition there is a zoo, although this is mostly animals native to Sweden. We really liked the museum and it was fun to walk round, however, we visited late august and about half of the... More

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Paris
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

It is probably more interesting for children than adults but it is the opportunity to walk a lot into the green. The houses that have been reconstructed there, give you an idea of life in the past. The animals are so used to see people that they just don't move. Very good views from there.

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Tring, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Lots of different craftsmakers builders from different eras and parts of Sweden. Some are closed (maybe because it was a weekday) but the open ones were great to look around. Also has a zoo in the middle which is fun.

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We went with our two young children (1 and 4). The 1 year old loved seeing the cows, chickens, and birds. The 4 year old enjoyed seeing the animals and also playing in the rabbit "burrows" and snake slide. We adults enjoyed the animals (reindeer!) but also the historical buildings and perspectives on life in Sweden. Easy walk to/from the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

If you have any curiosity about traditional Swedish life, this is the place. Watch glassblowing. Furniture making factory. Farmsteads. Folk dancing. Baking flatbread. See a traditional Samsi village and learn about these nomadic people and their history. Great views of Stockholm from parts of it too.

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Yeppoon, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

As this was designed so long ago it seems a little outdated, but there was still plenty to see if you are prepared to do some walking. Enjoyed some of the workshops and old buildings.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Skansen is a lovely collection of regional/cultural building examples. Buildings have been erected or moved to this community to show the various representative buildings from differing areas of the country. In addition, there are restaurants and essentially a zoo. We enjoyed going into various buildings, some of which had docents in them to tell you about the houses. I was... More

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