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Skansen Open-Air Museum

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Address: Djurgarden 49-51, Stockholm 115 93, Sweden
Phone Number: +46 8 442 80 00
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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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Interesting and quaint

Interesting place to visit. We took the funicular up to Skansen which a short ride but quite fun. The Christmas market was on when we went which was lovely- lots of stalls and... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting place to visit. We took the funicular up to Skansen which a short ride but quite fun. The Christmas market was on when we went which was lovely- lots of stalls and entertainment. Skansen also offered beautiful view of the city. Recommended as a half day activity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this beautiful place for the Christmas market. This museum is on a hillside so make sure you dress warmly - it was -6 Celsius and with the wind chill it felt colder. The quaint little train that takes you up the hill is gorgeous. The market is traditional and had a wide variety of stalls. The atmosphere in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Must-see in the period of christmas. Cozy atmosphere, traditionele food and drinks, music, all in a beautiful landscape

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Spent most of the day here. The animals were interesting although some were hibernatiing or just not out. The exhibitions of architecture were interesting and the enactments of the various trades were very authentic. The Christmas Market added to the day but we would have enjoyed the day without it.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to Skansen is worth wile and compared to most activities in Stockholm its reasonably priced. There are many original buildings from all over Sweden and when you step inside many have a character to demonstrate traditional ways of life. The animals were interesting but not up to mush due to the snow. The only real disappointment is that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the place for the Christmas Market and the Zoo. Not much animals to see because it was snowing but the snow did give a nice ambience to the Xmas market. Didn't manage to stay for the concert on 27th November but we enjoyed our visit there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's like walking into an old village in the 1800s. An old bakery where all of the breads are made by hand -- it just smells divine. An old mechanical tool factory with belts flying overhead and a real blueprint machine. An old gas station, and old farm spinning linen, an old shoemaker, and old glass blower, you get the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As many other reviewers have noted, this is not a place just for children and I'm glad we were steered in the direction of visiting. We are big fans of zoos though so that helped make our visit very memorable as we enjoyed seeing all of the animals. You are able to get much more up close and personal with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here on a rainy day and it was simply GREAT. I can only imagine that on a sunny day it is even better. The animals have a great living space and there was a christmas market in the middle. The restaurants nearby and in the park are not good though, so maybe bring a sandwhich (it would be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Giving this 5 stars as I can see the potential in the summer months, we went in November so it was partly shut down. I think it would be brilliant in the summer especially with kids. I would love to go again in the 'open' season.

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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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