Skansen Open Air Museum

Stockholm, Sweden

Skansen is the first open air museum and zoo in Sweden. It was founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius (1833-1901) to show the way of life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era. Skansen attracts more than 1.3 million visitors each year. The many exhibits over the 75 acre (300,000 m²) site include a full replica of an average 19th-century town, in which craftsmen in traditional dress such as tanners, shoemakers, silversmiths, bakers and glass-blowers demonstrate their skills in period surroundings.

There is even a small patch growing tobacco used for the making of cigarettes. There is also an open-air zoo containing a wide range of Scandinavian animals including the bison, brown bear, moose, grey seal, lynx, otter,red fox, reindeer, wolf, and wolverine (as well as some non-Scandinavian animals due to their popularity). There are also farmsteads where rare breeds of farm animals can be seen. In early December the site's central Bollnäs square is host to a popular Christmas market that has been held since 1903, attracting around 25,000 visitors each weekend. In the summer there are displays of folk dancing and concerts.



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Founded: 1891
Category: Museums in Sweden
Historical period: Union with Norway and Modernization (Sweden)


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Paul de Jong (2 years ago)
Great open air museum in the centre of Stockholm. People walk around in Swedish national costumes and explain about the old life style in Sweden. To our surprise this is also a zoo with Swedish animals (bear, lynx, moose, reindeer, wolverine, etc.). Animals are in large enclosures, in fact so large that we didn’t see many of them ?.
Paul Simonik (2 years ago)
If the weather is decent, this park is a perfect spot to enjoy a bit of nature in Stockholm for a half day. Also doubles as a zoo and musical venue spot to enjoy an open air concert. The park itself holds various species of local fauna (bears, wolves, etc) as well as different structures from around Sweden's past eras.
Claudio Mazza (2 years ago)
Very nice zoo with many Nordic animals. Also very cool reproduction of an old Swedish town, with small shops and a tasty bakery. There's an unexpected extra ticket to buy if you want to see monkeys, lemurs and the aquarium, so be aware of that.
Khang Tran (2 years ago)
I highly, highly recommend anyone visiting Stockholm go to the Skansen. For the cheap entrance ticket or the city pass, this is an amazing place to visit with family or friends. The animal habitat and all the old structures moved here brought in a quaint and historic charm.
Alain Savoie (2 years ago)
What a wonderful gem and great concept for foreigners with limited time to visit. I'm sure it's not 100% authentic, but it gives a great idea of how life was in these regions. Plenty to see for a relatively good admission price. Would recommend for short stay travelers.
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