Skansen is a 300,000 square-metre or 75 acre outdoor museum, or park, or zoo founded in 1891. It is basically a miniature Sweden showing each area's wildlife and historical villages and homes. There are areas where local animals are kept, usually in large natural areas, and there are working historical stores and coffee shops where you can buy candy, baked goods, or sit inside for a old-fashioned snack and tea.
The cub bears were especially fun to watch as they climbed the trees and wrestled with each other. We sat inside a Sami (people from the north of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia) camp and listened to some Sami guides dressed for the part explain to us (in English) about the history of their people and and their current situation. We saw some kind of witch scare some children out of a house (it was all in Swedish, so we didn't quite catch that one).
As it was October, there were no crowds at all and a very pleasant experience. Apparently the Swedes flock to the place at long weekends and Summer holidays. In the Summer there are also regular singalong concerts, demonstrations of Swedish folk dancing, and live music.
This is an excellent way to spend a day, or most of a day, with the family. All will enjoy.
If, like us, you enter the park at the Hazelius Gate, there is a bit of a climb up into the park proper. If you want to take it a bit easier you can pay a little extra [I think it was around 25 SEK] to take the funicular up the hill
In the village area one of the buildings has glass blowing demonstrations as well as a shop selling the stuff made there. There is a viewing area so you can sit and watch the glass blowers working away which was pretty interesting. Amazing how a blob on the end of a stick can turn into a beautiful glass or vase in a matter on minutes!! Definitely worth checking out. The only slight downside is that you are basically just watching them work, they don't actually explain what they are doing
18th and 19th Century buildings from all around Sweden were moved to this museum and preserved. Museum employees play the roles of various townspeople from the appropriate time, explaining what typical Swedish life was like at that time.
In addition to the folk museum, there is an extensive petting zoo, as well as botanical gardens. If you're waiting for your overnight boat to depart (as we were), this is a great place to spend several hours.
In 2009, Admission is SEK 70 for adults / SEK 30 for children through 29 April, SEK 90 / SEK 40 May and September, SEK 110/SEK 50 June-August. Extra admission is charged on Midsummer Eve and during evening music events. Finally, during May, the park offers a special evening admission (enter after 5PM) of SEK 40/SEK 20. Stockholm Card is valid. 50% discount on admission with a 72-hour public transport "Tourist Card" (NOT to be confused with Stockholm a la Carte or the SL Period Card).
Skansen is located near the center of Sockholm on the island Djugarden. It is an open-air museum where you can see old swedish buildings that were moved here from different parts of the country. You can also explore typical swedish animals, this young moose ....
This is an excellent place to spend a whole day (especially if the weather is good). There are about 150 historical Swedish buildings which have been relocated from all over the country. It is said to be the worlds first open air museum and was founded in 1891. Some of the buildings are working models and have people in period costume to give an impression of what life used to be like.
There is also a zoo with a variety of Nordic wild animals which include brown bear, wolves, lynx and of course, moose.
If you don't get the chance to see some of the real Swedish wildlife, make sure that you at least visit Skansen at Djurgarden.
Skansen is a kind of open air museum combined with a zoological park. Here you can see all kinds of typical building and activities from the past Sweden. You also find all the typical Nordic animals, like reindeers, wolverines, lynx and elks.
Skansen is open every day of the year, except Christmas Eve.
January through April 10.00-16.00 hrs.
May 10.00-20.00 hrs.
June and August 10.00-22.00 hrs.
September 10.00-17.00 hrs.
October through December 10.00-16.00 hrs.
May through September 11.00-17.00 hrs.
(a few houses stay open until 19.00 hrs. in June through August)
October through April 11.00-15.00 hrs.
(only a few houses are open)
Adults between SEK 30-70
Children (6-15) between SEK 20-30
Depending on season!
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Visiting the open air museum of Skansen allows us to get to know a little bit of the architecture from different parts of Sweden, as well as the typical animals form the Nordic countries.
The museum has a very vast area, so you should bring some comfortable shoes and reserve a whole afternoon to see everything.
You can bring your own food and drink.
I loved the allotments at Skansen and the little summer houses they had on them. They looked the size of a typical garden shed but were done up like little houses inside, so pretty! The gardens themselves were beautiful also, who wouldn't be happy to sit and relax at this pretty table!
There are a few different styles of farmsteads and country buildings like a village hall and school within the park. I loved this farmstead with its beautiful garden and the lovely red colour of the buildings
Here you have a very nice open museum with many buidings from all over Sweden, very typical buildings from Sweden. In Skansen you also find a very nice zoo with lots of animals and especially the King of the forest, the moosehead. You can see him here at Skansen. During Christmas they have Christmas markets with lots of handycraft for sale. Very nice to go and visit.
Skansen also has a zoo section with many nordic wild animals - including wolves, lynx, seals, elk, reindeer and the most popular, which are the Brown Bears. We were lucky enough to see the brown Bear cubs all cuddled up together for an afternoon nap which was too cute. Some of the other animals were a bit shyer and we didn't see them at all such as the lynx but we did see quite a lot and it was worth taking the time to get to the eastern side of the park where they are all located
I loved this wee church! Although it looks very simple from the outside, the inside was covered in frescoes. It was originally built around 1730 in western Sweden and is still used today for weddings.
The town quarter has a cluster of old wooden town houses, many of which house workshops & people demonstrating various crafts including glassblowing, saddle making and pottery. One of the buildings houses a typical grocery store which explains the broom projecting from the outside, this was apparently the traditional sign of a grocers! I loved the cobbled streets and seeing the demonstrations