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Skansen Open-Air Museum

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Address: Djurgarden 49-51, Stockholm 115 93, Sweden
Phone Number: +46 (0)8 4428000
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Skansen is the world's first open-air museum, founded in 1891. Here you can...

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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It would have been very easy to spend several days looking round this Museum, all the exhibits are well presented and most are occupied by museum staff in period costume. We... read more

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It would have been very easy to spend several days looking round this Museum, all the exhibits are well presented and most are occupied by museum staff in period costume. We believe all the staff are graduates, if not they certainly know their history. They are very willing to explain or demonstrate what life was like in the appropriate period... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is more for family to spend a day. I went on my own just to feel the experience. Good for sunny day. You can easily spent the whole day. Though you can do it in at least 2-3 hours.The souvenir shops are nice and cheaper than old town. If short of time for Stockholm better to spend somewhere else.

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Darhan, Mongolia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived at Skansen later in the day that we intended, because of visiting other museums nearby, but we're so glad we had time to see most of it. It's very well done, with a lot of interesting cultural displays, animals, and activities. We also really liked the meatballs and pancakes at the cafe. I recommend it highly!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We heard lots of negative word-of-mouth before going to Skansen, so our expectations were pretty low. We ended up enjoying ourselves though -- seeing the historic buildings from all over the country was really interesting, and our cynical New Yorker hearts melted a little when we saw some pig and goat families. Seeing a "teacher" in old-fashioned garb give a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

especially the children enjoyed this. It was nice to see animals with plenty of space. it was safe and well presented

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great visit, tons to see and do. Warning that a few of the venues on site such as the aquarium are not included in the admission price. This is somewhat typical of European parks in our experience. This is the perfect place to visit if you want to see the animals of Sweden and how they lived back many years... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Skansen named as an "Open air museum" says a lot (it is pretty outdoorsy) but can also add the fact that it is also a little bit of zoo with some interesting animals, good food as well as little child entertainment. Open air also means you need to be ready with ponchos or umbrellas if it rains. But hey, raining... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Skansen is a walking distance from city center. It has a mini zoo, a tropical Aquarium, restaursnt, Scandinavian animals a farmhouse and a children theme park. We saw rare animals we never saw before. Walkingvin the village was a nice walk.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I would probably have appreciated this more if I hadn't seen other similar places. It's very large, with a good variety of elements. I wasn't sure about the animals, however; for instance, it didn't seem good to have herd animals living singly or with only one other of their type.

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Don't go unless it is the high season. We went at one of what now appears to be called a shoulder period; the entrance fee was cheaper but not cheap and hardly anything was open.

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Djurgarden & Djurgardsbrunn
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.