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“Great mix of folklore and animals”

Skansen Open-Air Museum
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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 January 25, 2013

Skansen is famous for having moved old houses from all over Sweden to a central place in Stockholm for display. In this way you can see what life was like in various parts of the country. One part consists of city blocks with an inn, a glass-blower, the Old Savings Bank etc. In combination with this you have the animals of Sweden plus ice bears. There is a special dept for kids where you can meet the small domestic animals. There are of course a couple of restaurants. There is a tremendously popular TV show once a week with the best from Swedish (and some foreign) entertainment. It's called 'allsing' which means you're supposed to sing along with some of the songs. Skansen was the inspiration for other establishments such as the one in Bukarest.

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

There are a lot of things to see so it is good to go early in the morning, with comfortable sneakers. You can learn about the Swedish culture and see animals from that region (despite I didn't see any foxes or the bear, I guess there was one...). It is a lovely place to go with the family and make a picnic.

Thank Ana O
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Whats not to love about this Open-Air Museum! There is lots to see and do so set aside quite a few hours. It's best to go early in the morning as some of the buildings will be shut late afternoon/evening.

Thank Laura T
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We went there during the winter and I totally loved the museum(s). Each house showed how the Christmas table would have looked like at the time and there was real fire in the houses, which was so romantic coming in from the snow. It was great to see how people lived in the past in Sweden, there was nice food to try and the staff was very knowledgable and friendly. Its an incredible value for the entry price you pay. I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Stockholm.

Thank Bi_Adam
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We always go here when we are in stockholm, as there are lots of animals to see for the children and then you get fresh air and can see the old houses too. Also nice museums, but make sure you know the opening hours if you come off- season, as they close early.

Thank Saldenryd
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