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Skansen, Stockholm

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#2 of 483 in Museums in Sweden
Experience centuries of Swedish history through architecture, reconstructed farms, and live reenactments at Skansen, one of the world's first open-air museums. The property, established in 1891, boasts 150 houses and other buildings that have been moved from different parts of the country to this site as examples of regional style. Here Scandinavian traditions are upheld through craft making and Swedish celebrations. Take in views of Stockholm from this vantage point--kids will especially like the Stockholm zoo and children's zoo. After exploring the museum and watching living history actors in period dress, stop into the museum shop to purchase national specialties and handicrafts. To visit Skansen on your holiday in Stockholm, and find out what else Stockholm has to offer, use our Stockholm journey planner .
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  • Skansen is a great visit to enjoy nordic wildlife and swedish traditional houses. Don't miss the Iron Master’s farmstead where my ancestors use to live. And the exotic bird, snake and monkey house. Th...  more »
  • We spent like half a day here and it was awesome. The old houses are very well preserved and most of the domestic animals are around the village, creating an authentic rural environment. The nordic an...  more »
  • I was here in the winter and all the houses were not open, I’m sure it would be a great spot in spring or summer.  more »
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  • I had just one day in Stockholm and I chose Skansen to be the place where I'd spend my entire day. I wasn't wrong about my choice at all. Skansen is well connected to the city center by all means of transportation like buses, trams, ferries & metros. Reaching Skansen is fairly easy. Entry ticket price is reasonable even if you don't have a Stockholm card. Skansen is a different world altogether. Come with at least 2-3 hours if you want to explore it completely. All structures are well preserved. All live buildings are wonderful. Children will have a blast. Don't forget to check out seals & brown bear. And the Stockholm view from the hill near Owl exhibit.
  • Gorgeous zoo! All the animals were incredible (although as an Australian I may be biased, having never seen many of the animals before). But the enclosures were large and showed the animqls off in their natural habitat. I also love the open air museum section of Skansen, it's wonderful to see how Sweden was many years ago. If you want to see bears, however, don't go in winter as they hibernate! Also - the 'kids' section has a lot of interesting animals, like their frogs or native mammals.
  • Very large open space with a vast selection of Nordic animals, from moose and seals to wolves and bears. Probably one of the best zoos I’ve attended. Great space for children and adults to both enjoy. Combination of a zoo and a museum has helped really bring to life, village life in Sweden with the old buildings aligning very well with the farm like exterior
  • We expected so much from Skansen but it did not live up to expectations. Most of the buildings were closed, with only a few people in costumes. We did visit in April, which I assume is why things weren't open, but still paid the full price. We mainly wanted to visit for this history/museum aspect but this was pretty lacking. The zoo is the main feature of Skansen, although this isn't made clear from how it's described. It's probably good for families (we were a group of friends), and better in peak season but still wouldn't recommend. Toilet facilities were poor and dirty, staff were rude and unfriendly. We came away feeling depressed for the animals. Better to go to the Vasa Museum.
  • It is nice museum park. Definitely when in spring and the summer. At our visit many houses were closed. However, the houses that were open had excellent guides. It gives a good impression of old Sweden.
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