Skansen, Stockholm

Skansen, Stockholm (must see)

This incredibly impressive museum was the first of its kind in 1891. The open-air museum was created to celebrate Swedish culture and its traditions. The brainchild of Artur Hazelius, the founder of the Nordic Museum, Hazelius acquired land and a collection of buildings over time, which has now come to be known as Skansen. Today, this living museum paints over 300,000 square meters of the Scandinavian landscape.

The museum consists of gardens, fantastic architectural pieces, walking paths and a zoo which houses a variety of animals. Hazelius sought architectural structures which told the story of Scandinavian society. He purchased over 150 buildings throughout the country and moved them to Skansen for display. The buildings represent everything from affluent society to provincial living.

Guests to Skansen can expect to spend many hours exploring the features of the museum or visiting during one of its many celebrations and festivals. Discover the crafts, which were common to Swedish society, by observing traditionally clad craftsmen or explore the zoo, which is filled with animals native to Sweden's ecosystem.

Why You Should Visit:
If you're looking to get a 'sense' of Sweden outside the confines of great halls, Skansen is the place!
Friendly docents will explain really interesting things about the time period or the structure you're visiting.
Plenty of food/drink outlets to keep you refreshed as you explore the 300,000 m² site, or you can bring a picnic.

A must is the Skansen Aquarium and the "monkey house" with everything from funny baboons to scary crocs.
On different Holidays, there are some very exciting traditional celebrations that take place there.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-3pm; Sat, Sun: 10am-4pm (Jan, Feb, Nov); Daily: 10am-4pm (Mar, Apr, Oct); Daily: 10am-8pm (May-Jun 19, Sep); Daily: 10am-10pm (Jun 20-Aug); Mon-Fri: 10am-3pm; Sat, Sun (Christmas Market Days): 11am-4pm / (after Dec 23): 10am-4pm; closed on Christmas Eve.

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Skansen on Map

Sight Name: Skansen
Sight Location: Stockholm, Sweden (See walking tours in Stockholm)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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