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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Lijing Zhang (8 months ago)
Nice outdoor museum, ideal for family visit
Румяна Стоянова (10 months ago)
Very interesting place where you can see how the Danes lived in the past. There are a lot of houses and farms, also some farm animals - cows, horses, goats, sheep, etc. The place is huge but it is very interesting and offers great walks like if you are really in the countryside. It is popular place for the little children. It would have been better if there was more information or people telling more about the differerent houses or demonstrating what life was.
Twinkle Twinkle (11 months ago)
Very charming and a beautiful set up of the old country houses. A little bit more information about the different houses would be appreciated! Maybe stories about how there daily life could have been.
Jaqueline C. Acosta (11 months ago)
Simply just a very calming and beautiful environment. And the scenery is amazing. My kid who’s 8 who normally don’t like museums she couldn’t stop talking about It weeks after, she wanted to go back. That says a lot ☺️
NiWoLu Creations (13 months ago)
Fantastic place to bring kids. Lots of outdoor space to run around and it's easy to experience "the olden times" without reading signs. During summer there are kids activities and theatre too.
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