Frilandsmuseet (The Open Air Museum), opened in 1897 and covering 40 hectares, it is one of the largest and oldest open-air museums in the world. It is a department under the Danish National Museum. The museum features more than 100 buildings from rural environments and dating from 1650-1950. All buildings are original and have been moved piece by piece from their original location save a windmill that is still found in its original location.

The museum contains rural buildings from all regions of Denmark, including many of the small and remote Danish islands like Bornholm, Læsø. Represented are also buildings from the Faroe Islands, as well as the former Danish possessions of Southern Schleswig in Germany and Scania andHalland in Sweden. The distribution demonstrates how life has been adapted to regional living conditions and availability of materials. Buildings include a farmhouse from the island of læsø thatched with kelp

Represented in the collection are also all social living conditions, from a manor house to a poorhouse, different types of buildings like farms, mills and workshops, and numerous professions. The museum include six mills including a post mill from 1662. Some of the mills are regularly operated by a guild of volunteers.

The grounds of the museum also features 25 historic gardens and cultural landscapes and livestock of old Danish breeds. The gardens and animals are displayed in connection with the socially and geographically corresponding buildings.



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Founded: 1897
Category: Museums in Denmark

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Bjorg Hunter (10 months ago)
Really Great museum. Huge grounds to explore witch well bring you back to the middle ages. There was also a great outdoors theatre running this summer ?
Peter Engkjær (10 months ago)
Very beautiful and hyggeligt outdoor museum, full of old beautiful and authentic buildings. The fact that they managed to move most of them here is very impressive! The staff is very friendly and informative!
M Vanderford (11 months ago)
One of my most favorite historic experiences. Staff is friendly, exhibits are incredible, food onsite is delicious and affordable
Marina Bortnik (11 months ago)
Absolutely amazing place. It has everything necessary for whole day walking and interesting for almost all ages, nicely structured and described.
Tracey A. Colley (13 months ago)
Absolutely huge site, with examples of farm houses from over the centuries from different locations around Denmark, showing influences of the locally available building materials. And some very fancy chook motels.
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