Skansen
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
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Neighborhood: Djurgården & Djurgårdsbrunn
The island of Djurgården and its northern mainland extension, Djurgårdsbrunn, impress with a mix of nature and an abundance of museums, while being located in walking distance to Stockholm’s city center. Djurgården not only invites visitors to take endless walks through a beautiful park landscape without having to leave the city, but also offers an incredible range of entertainment facilities, such as an open air museum which specializes in the Swedish way of life pre-industrialization, the renowned Vasa Museum with its legendary sailing ship, and Sweden’s most famous amusement park Gröna Lund, which is more than a 100 years old.
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  • lomaro
    Copenhagen, Denmark565 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a long visit
    The first open air museum in the world still got it. The variety is impressive and a lot of sweedish history is covered but also animal life. Definitely worth a visit and make sure to set aside several hours as there is a lot to cover.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Beefsan
    Copenhagen, Denmark34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great but gets a bit pricey with the zoo
    Great museum. Very engaging. Also great and worthwhile zoo although it adds to the price. Go all in and enjoy. Particularly enjoyed the part on Scandinavian animals, e.g. bear, wolverine etc. Also great views of the city.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Barbara A
    Washington DC, District of Columbia168 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting place
    We would have done better here had we gone before the other museums at Djurgården. By the time we'd done the Vasa, Viking, and Spirit museums and had lunch, we were really tired. We didn't realize that Skansen was quite a ways from those and walked...and walked...and then saw that it was a steep hill to climb. There's a funicular that you can pay to use and that's what we did. This would be a great place with kids - we saw a lot of families and clearly schools bring students out. The buildings are very interesting but we didn't have enough umph left to go through more than a handful. It's a great concept and we would like to have seen it when we had more energy!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Autolysej
    Las Vegas, Nevada38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you want to get a sense of life in Sweden 100 years ago, this is the place to visit
    What made this experience so much more enriching than other ope air museums, was the presence of volunteer reenactors staffing most of the buildings and explaining what we were seeing. They were also so enthusiastic about what they were doing. Special commendation to two women on the little allotment plots.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Nicky
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun day at Skansen Park
    A good walk through scenes of old farming/ agricultural life and village life in Sweden 3-400 or more years ago. This would be an ideal attraction for small children with a great variety of animals and things to do although take a stroller as there is a lot of ground to cover and a few hills. The best parts were seeing the bears, lynx and moose. The Aquarium is a great showcase of huge salmon, sturgeon and other arctic fish. We saw a working early printers shop and working copper merchant. We were disappointed at not being able to go inside some of the buildings. A good range of products for sale. Limited shelter if it’s wet/ raining. Take water. Allow at least 3 hours more like 5-6 if you have small ones.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • tgussie
    71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun but Food was a Problem
    I visited Skansen with my family including my grandsons, age 5 and 10. Everyone enjoyed it and found the displays and activities fun and engaging. Things were nicely spread out but not too far to walk around the whole area. My grandsons rode a couple of rides and we all enjoyed the zoo area (especially seeing the reindeer, moose, and bears). The one issue we had was that there was no food available late in the day but before the park closed. One restaurant was closed, a second restaurant was cleaning up and wouldn't let us in, and a "street vendor" was also closing up and wouldn't serve food. This was over an hour before the park was scheduled to close. That experience made for some hangry kids and adults.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad6,373 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Open air museum?
    Skansen is supposed to be an open air museum and yes it has some of the Swedish history but I didn't feel or see it as a museum. It is an nice open a it area with animals etc It is perfect for a day out with the family. If you want to visit the zoo and Aquarian you must also pay. From the Djurgaden, Skansen was quite a walk..and one can pay to use a funicular.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Brittany_11_10
    Los Angeles, California1,731 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderland
    What a wonderland, especially for families with little kids--though I think people of all ages and with or without kids would enjoy it, too, if they're interested in learning about the region's history, or even just in seeing animals, as there's a Nordic zoo that's home to moose, bears, lynxes (we even saw three little lynx kittens), and more. There's also a stage/live music, a playground, a petting zoo, an aquarium, a science center, and more. The views from Skansen are beautiful as well. It's just a fantastic place all around. There's a lot to see and experience, and half a day was not nearly enough for us (though that's all we could manage), so I definitely recommend a full day if you have the time.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
  • 477bradp
    39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Skansen was interesting
    Skansen was pretty good. Easily reachable by tram or bus. It's also fairly close to the Vasa, Nordic, and Viking museums. The price of admission is decent. It was fun to walk around and see the old buildings and actors dressed up in period clothing. We had coffee and a snack at an old-style cafe on the grounds. It was also fun to see the area with the Nordic animals-reindeers etc. We just happened to be there at the time that a free tour was given in English of the house of the Tottit family, the richest merchant/family of that time. The tour was about 45 minutes, was very interesting and informative and worth the time. If you happen to be there when the tour is given, it is well worth it. this tour may have been the highlight of our visit to Skansen.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Georgie W
    London, United Kingdom122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for all ages
    Such a great day at Skansen with so many different things to do and see! The botanical centre is really interactive and fun. There is an extra cost for the aquarium/exotic animals but was so worth it - take a walk amongst monkeys and see snakes and all sort of creatures. We even got to touch a snake and a tarantula! The rest of the park is stunning, where you can see more animals such as bears and lynxes. The village section is really interesting and immersive as well.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 10, 2023
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BlarghBlargh
Birmingham, UK384 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We came for Midsommar and it was a lovely way to spend it, especially as the weather was so nice. This was obviously extremely touristy and the line to get in was amazingly long, so be prepared if you go at the same time of year.

Inside it was also very busy and was sometimes hard to see what was going on, e.g. raising the maypole, but it was a great atmosphere. There was lot to see and do (e.g. zoo) and it was lovely to walk around soaking in the festivities.

In particular, the little houses and gardens and people in traditional clothes were a highlight. The people playing instruments in a little wooded grove was also lovely.
Written January 14, 2020
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mnptrip
La Jolla93 contributions
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Jul 2022
This is an okay place if you have children but for a group of 4 adults it was pretty boring. The animals were not visible (it was warm the day we went) and the houses are ho hum. We did not have reservations in advance for the interactive activities and they were all full (we were there in the peak of the tourist season). It is overpriced and they charge extra for the funicular to avoid the long climb from entrance to the exhibits. We only lasted an hour, our least favorite activity in Stockholm during our vacation. Very commercial. Skip it, visit the real museums or do something else unless you have young children.
Written July 30, 2022
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DorisHeimgartner
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland1,796 contributions
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Oct 2021 • Couples
Skansen is a very great place to spend a day while in Stockholm, whether you're with kids or without.
The historic buildings are beautiful and there's boards with interesting info. If you go there in high-season, there's markets, food stands, restaurants and of course loads of other visitors. We visited off-season and there were people, but not so many. Few of the actors were still there, telling you stuff about the houses and tgere where possibilities to get coffee and eat. There's a small fairground for little kids too.
The farm animal part of the park is perfect for kids.
There's a rather large part where the native northern animals live in spacious and well structured enclosures. Near the entrance there's a small zoo with exotic animals, for which you pay extra.
We'd definitely go there again.
Written October 4, 2021
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Kathy H
Saint Louis, MO300 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We visited on Weds, May 12th -- amid throngs of school groups. Almost every building was closed. A handful opened at 11am. The glass blower was so disappointing. A group of young children stood there watching him make ring after ring without saying a word. Their teacher tried to get him to talk, but his answers were monosyllabic. When one child asked if he were going to make anything other than glass rings, he answered, "Later." The aquarium is not included in the price. It is an extra $15 per person. The funicular is not included in the price; it is an extra $7 per person. Basically only the paid attractions were open. I went here about 10 years ago and was eager to return; that was a mistake. First I would recommend only coming from June-Sept. The people working there said most things didn't open until June. This is not obvious from their website or from their pricing. It is nice to walk about and look at the old buildings, but I was expecting so much more.
Written May 13, 2022
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travelmakesUrich
Winter Garden, FL3,738 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We had a full day at Skansen after having visited 10 years ago and thoroughly enjoying the lemurs. This time we allowed more time and saw the whole place - but the lemur exhibit was still our favorite! There was a one month old baby that was just a bundle of energy and we easily spent an hour just in that one part of the park. We enjoyed seeing the other animals - the moose and the reindeer, the barnyard animals, and we enjoyed seeing the glassblowers as well.

Lunch in the restaurant at the top of the hill was surprisingly good, but got awfully crowded when the rain started and everyone who'd been outside crowded in for cover.

There are many open air museums in the region, but this claims to be the world's oldest. It's on an island, but easily and cheaply accessed by a short ferry ride from the center of Stockholm.
Written July 24, 2022
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Chris&Janey
Yoxall, UK577 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Although one of the oldest open air museums it was a little “tired” during our late December visit. A lot of areas were closed off and not many people around in traditional costumes as it says are generally the case. We did visit in the afternoon and it does get dark early but would have expected a fell experience (apart from some zoo animals being in hibernation) . Some areas were very interesting but others looked like they needed some work doing on them and tidying up a little . For a museum with such a good reputation it was a little disappointing. Maybe the wrong time of year to visit and guess it would look better in the summer and the light!
Written January 2, 2020
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Xenem
Stockholm, Sweden22 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Family
We live in Stockholm and therefore Skansen is a predictable destination for a family with 2 smaller kids. We go there, like, every 3 months. Museum is probably great, but we are always there for 1)zoo 2)”tivoli” (attractions and carousels for the youngest kids aged 2-6 years, I think, but they work only on summer). Baby bears these year are truly amazing! Annual card paid itself after the second visit. Recommend!
Written September 14, 2020
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deyanpehlivanov7
Brussels, Belgium164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Skansen, the open air museum is a great attraction, however best to visit in summer when most of the houses and workshops are open. Even in winter, one can still see the animals, with several types of Nordic animals and wonderful quaint houses. The nature is great, the air is very clean and it’s wonderful for a day out. There’s a lot of opportunities for children to play as well.
Written January 18, 2020
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Sam H
Nottingham, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
A fantastic open air museum. Skansen has a bit of everything so the whole family can enjoy a day out here. We spent most of the afternoon enjoying the traditional houses, the blacksmith and traditional crafts as well as the children’s petting zoo and play areas. I’m pretty sure we only made it round 60%.
Written February 21, 2020
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UserRAL
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We visited Skansen on 27/06/2023 and it was a wonderful morning spent going through the living museum. All the staff were really friendly and knowledgable on the areas which they occupied. Would definitely recommend partaking in the guided tour of the Manor House (make sure you get your ticket an hour before hand as there are limited spaces though!) and the tour guide - I think she said her name was Wilma - was fabulous. She had a wealth of knowledge on the family and history of this building, and answered every question presented to her by the group. There was a great variety of food options available (meatballs with mash and cream sauce were delicious and the seagulls thought so also when they pinched one!).

All in all this museum is a definite must visit on your trip to Stockholm
Written July 2, 2023
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