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Skansen Open-Air Museum

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Djurgarden & Djurgardsbrunn
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Address: Djurgarden 49-51, Stockholm 115 93, Sweden
Phone Number:
+46 8 442 80 00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Skansen is the world's first open-air museum, founded in 1891. Here you can...

Skansen is the world's first open-air museum, founded in 1891. Here you can stroll through five centuries of Swedish history, from north to south, with a real sense of the past all around the historical buildings and dwellings, peopled by characters in period dress. Living history over 150 dwellings and other buildings from all over Sweden have been dismantled and reassembled in an area of 300 000 m2 at Skansen. You can travel back in time and meet people from the past. On summer evenings you can also come along and watch traditional Swedish folk dancing! Skansen Zoo at Skansen you will find both domestic and wild Nordic animals such as bears, wolves and lynx. Don't miss our guided tours in English during the summer and in December. Our newly-opened Children's Zoo gives youngsters the opportunity to meet a variety of interesting animals.Added attractions Skansen hold a traditional celebrations to mark occasions such as Walpurg is Night, Midsummer and Christmas. Enjoy a delicious meal in one of the restaurants with breathtaking views over Stockholm. And don't miss our Museum shop, selling traditional handicrafts and Swedish design products.

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Superb place for kids and adults

Despite numerous trips to Stockholm, I had never been to Skansen. We spent a sunny day with my family (kids 4 and 2) there. We bought combo tickets including the aquarium. I... read more

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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Despite numerous trips to Stockholm, I had never been to Skansen. We spent a sunny day with my family (kids 4 and 2) there. We bought combo tickets including the aquarium. I thought when buying the tickets that the price was steep, but it was worth every krona. My kids enjoyed all the animals, and getting really up close to... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is like a big fake old city. Not bad buymt quite boring if you really look for history and authenticity. The zoo is ok, but I would recommend it if you are traveling with kids.

Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Huge place, pricey to get in and it is just a place to walk around and spend more money. Right off the bat if you dont want to walk up the hill that is another 30 and it you get plenty of other opportunities during the day. The views you would think would be impressive but weren't. We we very... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Swedish animals including seals, elks, bears, reinhdeers and many more. Swedish housing and living history including practical monitoring from different workers. Aquarium, small old fashioned tivoli, pony riding, rabbits, theatre, nice views over Stockholm and lot more to do. Several restaurants and small serving points. From young to old this is a high class museum comparable that should be named... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visiting Skansen makes for a fun and interesting day out for people of all ages. The area is enormous and it's unrealistic to see absolutely everything -- so just equip yourself with a free map, let your curiosity guide you and go for a stroll around the area. I found the Forest Finn settlement to be particularly interesting, as well... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lovely location and fascinating living history site conveniently located near other great sites (especially the Vasa Museum). We made a day of the Nordic Museum, Vasa and Skansen and it was great! Many locals are out and about at Skansen, but it is clearly also an American favorite. All the historical recreators speak fantastic English and are very knowledgeable about... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed seeing traditional Swedish culture and learning about the differences in rural and urban communities. Part of the museum is a zoo, but I don't feel this added much to the experience (as personally I'm not a fan of zoos). But really enjoyed the rest of the attraction.

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Most countries have a Show place park like this but Skansen is truly one of the great ones. No visit to Stockholm is complete without spending at least 1/2 a day there. It is called the world's greatest outdoor museum. Centered around a miniature recreation of old world Sweden, amusements refreshments and just a good time for all.

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I loved it, it was interesting to see how it was in the old days, with people dressed in the times with stories to tell, lots of animals to see, loads to do for kid, although we went as a couple a few hours is needed to get around and see it all, the only disappointment was having to pay... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Skansen is reachable by the no 7 tram - you can hop on the tram across from the NK department store. Skansen is an incredibly cute interactive experience starring animals you find in Scandinavia. In beautiful surroundings it was very cute. Be prepared for a fair amount of walking. This is perfect if you have a child with you and... More 

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The island of Djurgården and its northern mainland extension, Djurgårdsbrunn, impress with a mix of nature and an abundance of museums, while being located in walking distance to Stockholm’s city center. Djurgården not only invites visitors to take endless walks through a beautiful park landscape without having to leave the city, but also offers an incredible range of entertainment facilities, such as an open air museum which specializes in the Swedish way of life pre-industrialization, the renowned Vasa Museum with its legendary sailing ship, and Sweden’s most famous amusement park Gröna Lund, which is more than a 100 years old.
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