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“Really great open air break from the city”

Skansen Open-Air Museum
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Ranked #37 of 328 things to do in Stockholm
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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, 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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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Stopped by Skansen after a business meeting finished early. Lovely outdoor place to have a little walk around, see some old Swedish architecture and local animals, would be great for kids and on a good day you could certainly make a full day of it!

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Reviewed October 31, 2012

We have an open air museum in wales, so was interested to find out how it compared.

We were not disappointed, the museum is big with the nice addition of loca l animals. The area is quite hilley so bear this in mind if mobility is an issue.

The buildings were very well laid out and the smells coming from the 'bring your own food' public bbq was very tempting, what a great idea!

You will need at least 2 - 3 hour for your visit.

Thank Welshtravellerboy
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

you can spend a whole day here. it is very big and a lot of walking. I liked their old historic buildings and the animals. The animals are better than going to a zoo because they are all out. got some great picstures of bears and many other animals

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Skansen is both a very nice park, with some splendid views overlooking Stockholm, and a small zoo, mainly showcasing Scandinavian wildlife, and finally an open-air historic museum with old buildings, that have been moved here from all over Sweden. Here you can experience hands-on old Swedish cultural traditions such as midsummer celebration. It is a great place both for kids and adults, and there are several nice places to eat as well. A visit to Skansen is pretty much mandatory for the Stockholm tourist.

Thank PHR67
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Skansen is advertised as Sweden in miniature, and it is an apt description. Buildings and farm houses from various communities throughout Sweden and from various periods in Sweden's history have been brought to this 75 acre property and have been set in gardens and/or landscapes similar to those where they were originally located. Several of the buildings are the shops for artisans who demonstrate various crafts and trades: glassworks and blowing glass, furniture making, and so on. We thorougly enjoyed seeing the many varied buildings: manor houses, farm houses, dwellings for both rich and poor, town and country houses from various time periods in Sweden's history, and we enjoyed talking to the guides in the buildings and the crafts people demonstrating various skills. The biggest drawback for the our visit at this time of the year was finding several buildings closed. There is so much to see here that you should be prpared to spend several hours. Before we knew it, the place was closing, and it was time to leave.

Thank gunn48
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