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“The most wonderful open air museum”

Skansen Open-Air Museum
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Ranked #37 of 319 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 5, 2013

A great way to quickly go travel through the Swedish traditions, folklore, and get acquainted with the life through centuries. You can take part in bread or cheese making, milking of cows or working in the pharmacy… great picnic place as well!

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Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

We have visited Skansen the 31 october, with the rain. Despite that we have really loved the place and his restaurant.

1  Thank Jb G
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

This is the mother of all open-air museums: Skansen on the island of Djurgarden was the very first to give a new home to ancient buildings that had to be moved from their original plot. That said, it has lost none of its appeal as facilities have obviously been updated and the whole approach of the museum modernised. There are plenty of interactive features now and in the summer, there are games to play (sack race, anyone?) on the big "village green" and trades and craftsmen alike plie their trade which gives the whole area a lived-in atmosphere. A great day out for all ages.

1  Thank GerlindR
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

I visited Skansen with friends on Sunday and we had a brilliant time. It cost around £10 per person to get in and as we took the 'Bergbahn' we had to pay another £2.50 each to go up and £1.50 each to come back down again. You can walk up to the top if you like but we were short on time and enjoyed the views on our brief journey.

There are lots of examples of Swedish houses on the site along with open fires and we saw some families bbq-ing on these and enjoying picnics near the children's farm. There is a cheap and tasty hot dog stand outside - £2-3 per hot dog which is cheap for the area. I'm not sure how much food and drink is in Skansen as we didn't have time to try the fare in the site itself although you can buy hot drinks, sweets, hot dogs and I'm sure I saw some candy floss along the way!

We really just wanted to see the animals which were stunning! We saw the seals - you can watch these at feeding time. They are very playful and curious so you can get good pictures of them swimming about and poking their heads out of the water to see what you are up to! We also saw elk, reindeer, lynx, wolverine, bison, swine, peacocks, exotic birds, red squirrels, grey owls, brown bears and more!

The children's farm is very interactive and ideal to connect young people with nature. For example at the entrance of the children's zoo there are little raised hills where the peacocks and rabbits roam. Under these there are tunnels leading to raised plastic domes allowing children to see the animals from their own level.

We spent just over 1.5 hours there and would happily have stayed all day walking about and exploring this beautiful place. You can see examples of stone and trees native to Sweden here as well as see typical Swedish houses although we didn't have time to take it all in! Walking around Skansen is also a great way to take in the spectacular views of Stockholm as well.

I would definitely recommend Skansen to anyone who enjoys nature and it proves very popular with local families. Bring a picnic if you can and spend the day here. However, as it is coming into winter some of the animals will be going into hibernation soon so go sooner rather than later!

1  Thank Laura T
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We were in Skansen in October and most of the attraction were closed. Otherwise feeding of seals was fantastic. Definitely recommend to see this place to the other travellers, but next time would go in the summer. Clean toilets and free of charge.

1  Thank Petr_Stich
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