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Skansen, Stockholm

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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Skansen and other Stockholm attractions using our handy Stockholm family vacation planner.
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  • interesting to see how people lived, the Nordic animals were a nice to see as well, the aquarium that is actually inside is not included in the entry price which was a shame. It requires lots of walki...  more »
  • A good place to spend a morning, visiting the different spaces that make up the Park, Nordic wild animals, houses and classical buildings can be seen. Highly recommended!
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  • I thought i could finish the museum within a day and then off to some other museum. but no! it's a zoo with a cultural park, basically. There are real craftsman inside the old workshops to let you see...  more »
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  • Expensive but worth it! I spent about 3 hours in Skansen. It was great to walk around the old, traditional buildings. I also bought a fresh baked good from the bakery shop which was good. Never thought we would have such fun at a small zoo. You actually walk through one of the enclosures with ring tailed lemurs running and jumping around you. All of the animal areas are decorated with imagination. Make sure you get the Stockholm Card before entering Skansen because it will be cheaper.
  • Definitely worth your time! Beautifully composed museum with interesting activities including pony riding to carpentry and glass design. You can either take your own food or explore the cosy bakery and café, there are restaurants as well. With kids you could easily spend a whole day here, and even grown ups can enjoy the stay for hours. A lot to explore and see.
  • Skansen is amazing. It follows a living history concept where you have traditional Swedish houses, equipped with traditional furniture and accessories staffed by tourist guides in historic costumes telling visitors about lives in the Sweden of days past. This scenery is intermingled with a zoo of sorts with bears, wolves and the like. And then there is also a small amusement park. Skansen is perfect for the entire family and will make everyone happy. There should be more museums like that.
  • We spent our third and final day in Stockholm here and it was the highlight of our trip. There are loads of traditional old Swedish buildings to wander around, including a bakery with an irresistible scent of fresh bulle wafting out. Actors dressed up in traditional clothing "live" in the buildings and wander around, more than happy to teach you about the history and context. Then there are the animals! The baby mooses had to be the highlight, but they also have reindeer, wolverine, bears and lynx cats. Plenty to see here, although it is mostly aimed at educating children, as two young adults we were entertained for a whole day. Best pick a sunny day for your visit!
  • In Skansen, you can see typical swedish houses from different parts of the country, dating from various historical periods. Many of the houses have actors to tell you about aspects of life in Sweeden. There is a small zoo also which is very interesting for kids. Good place to spend a day