Skansen
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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Neighbourhood: Djurgården & Djurgårdsbrunn
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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  • timsimmk
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Essential for visitors to Stockholm
    Skansen is the world's oldest open air museum, and in keeping with the open air philosophy, there are exhibits from all over Sweden representing Swedish life from the 18th-early 20th Centuries, and friendly history reenactors. There is also a good collection of animals from the Nordic region (moose, reindeer, bears etc.) in good sized enclosures. There are also many little gardens and allotments. Craftsmen and women make products from blown glass to hand made pottery which are for sale. There are excellent views over the water to Stockholm from Skansen's location on Djurgården. The highlight for me was the small 1930s area of the "Town Quarter" with authentic ironmonger and dairy shop, with the ironmonger's house behind. I spent hours here and didn't see everything by far. Fortunately they offer yearly entrance passes so you can return more than once in the year if you wish. Excellent.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 June 2023
  • GastrodontUK
    London, United Kingdom436 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit in Stockholm if weather good
    Really well laid out historical buildings with knowledgeable and friendly staff in period costume. Plenty for families as well as adults. Plenty of cafes as well as a main restaurant. Need a good half day to really enjoy ambling around and discussing history with the staff.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Sebas M
    Buenos Aires, Argentina124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Skansen - Review
    A place that should be visited if you travel to Stockholm, has a lot of different activities / locations and most likely you will find something to your liking and be ready to walk around. The few interactions I had with the staff... they were friendly. I believe that for some of the activities, there is an extra cost, but most of the ones I saw were included in the ticket (as a plus, if you can go for Midsummer - as was my case - even better). There's places to eat and buy souvenirs as well. Being open air, is probably better to go when the weather is nice.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • UserRAL
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Skansen
    We visited Skansen on 27/06/2023 and it was a wonderful morning spent going through the living museum. All the staff were really friendly and knowledgable on the areas which they occupied. Would definitely recommend partaking in the guided tour of the Manor House (make sure you get your ticket an hour before hand as there are limited spaces though!) and the tour guide - I think she said her name was Wilma - was fabulous. She had a wealth of knowledge on the family and history of this building, and answered every question presented to her by the group. There was a great variety of food options available (meatballs with mash and cream sauce were delicious and the seagulls thought so also when they pinched one!). All in all this museum is a definite must visit on your trip to Stockholm
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 July 2023
  • EmmaEgg123
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for families, fine for couples/adults if you have spare time
    Looks amazing for kids! Some really interactive experiences and would probably be a full day out for a family However for couples/adults it might not be worth doing unless you have spare time, avoid if it's raining! There's only a few animal enclosures and half of the animals were hiding away, aquarium is also nice but nothing out of the ordinary. Very tailored to kids and families
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Nalini N
    Greater Sydney, Australia654 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous open-air museum!
    You are spoilt for choices of museums in Stockholm! Skansen is a great one for walking around and we had a beautiful sunny day for this with tulips in full bloom. I loved the little buildings dismantled from original settings and transported to current location - bakery (which bakes), book binder, glass blowing ll were good sights to behold as was the church which stood out from it's location. A peaceful place for solo or walks with family and friends.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Joanne M
    Dundee, United Kingdom205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see
    I visited Skansen on my own and loved wandering round exploring the many aspects of the park. On entering I was given a map, which was tricky to follow initially so I followed the signposts. I loved the houses/shops, especially the ones where there were guides to explain aspects of the place. I learned about the intricate wall decoration of houses of landowners and where their money came from, the preserving of lemons for winter by the cooks in the manor house, the creation of an outfit for a Sami boy about to turn 15yrs… A surprise for me was there was also a small animal farm on site and a zoo. There is also an aquarium but it costs extra. I loved the zoo, especially seeing the Nordic animals. The four bears were active and playful which was fascinating to watch. I saw a wolverine which I didn’t even know was a real animal until then! There were also wild red squirrels running around the farmhouses. There was also an exhibition on the Baltic Sea and how we can take care of it which was interesting but was aimed at children, so had less information than I would have liked. I wandered for nearly 3 hours on my own, so with my family I would have taken much longer and could easily have spent a good part of a day there as there were play parks and picnic spots. I went on a sunny morning in July and although the park was very busy, it didn’t feel too crowded to be able to see what I wanted to see.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 July 2023
  • doctorfoxtrot
    Taguig City, Philippines12,856 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good open air museum
    While the ABBA and Vasa museum are utmost priorities when visiting Stockholm, and if you still have time, go to the Skansen open air exhibit depicting Swedish life history . My daughter went to the Zoo and liked the experience. You can have Fika inside as well several times.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 July 2023
  • lomaro
    Copenhagen, Denmark534 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a long visit
    The first open air museum in the world still got it. The variety is impressive and a lot of sweedish history is covered but also animal life. Definitely worth a visit and make sure to set aside several hours as there is a lot to cover.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Beefsan
    Copenhagen, Denmark33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great but gets a bit pricey with the zoo
    Great museum. Very engaging. Also great and worthwhile zoo although it adds to the price. Go all in and enjoy. Particularly enjoyed the part on Scandinavian animals, e.g. bear, wolverine etc. Also great views of the city.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK3,553 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We have visited several open air museums around the world and found them to be mostly enjoyable. Expectations here were quite high given that this was the original and as we were visiting early June on a sunny Sunday afternoon, we were expecting much would be open. The Town Quarter where interior reconstructions supported by staff in period dress was under 50% open but outside of this area, most buildings were shuttered and locked so only the external features could be viewed. There are good explanations for each of the buildings but for the most part you could gain no impression internally.
There is an extensive zoo area which was good for kids but for those looking at history and architecture many will find the attraction wanting.
Not sure we would want to repeat the visit.
Written 13 June 2024
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Ravindra V
Hyderabad, India1,511 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Initially I had very low expectations from this place but this one surprised me as it is not just a zoo but a lot more. As the name suggests it's an open air museum illustrating the old style of living of Swedish people. How the people used to live, how their houses were. The zoo is also interactive for kids. It also has great views and nice walking trails. Overall something for everyone.
Written 11 June 2024
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Dian W.
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This venue has great potential, but our visit on Monday, June 10th, 2024, was marred by the presence of numerous unsupervised pupils. Unfortunately, many of these students were poorly behaved, creating a disruptive environment. Many were extremely loud, shouting at each other and, regrettably, at the animals. One even had a recorder he was playing while running around (including inside the Baltic Sea Research Centre). While offering children and teenagers the opportunity to visit is commendable, adequate adult supervision is essential to ensure a pleasant experience for all visitors and to prevent disturbance to the animals. Without it, the constant noise and disruption become significant issues.
Written 10 June 2024
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Chipper76
Bournemouth, UK11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Awful waste of money , run down and not fit for purpose this place needs to be shut down of drastically improved. So annoyed we wasted our money read this and steer clear do not be sucked in with the good reviews I promise you will be disappointed.
Written 9 June 2024
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DJO
West Sussex, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We really enjoyed it here. We hadn't researched it much so had no expectations but were pleasantly surprised. You start by walking through a live historical museum of olde world shops like a glass maker, bakers, iron mungers etc which was pretty interesting and then you move on to the various green spaces, rune stones, and the bit we didn't realise was part of Skansen but loved the most, the Nordic Animals section. We saw 3 very lazy bears, some Lynx, seals and the best bit, some Moose! I'd definitely recommend to anyone young, old, with kids or without.
Written 9 June 2024
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Barbara1407
Enfield, UK98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I had high expectations for Skansen but it was still much better than I'd expected. If possible, chose to go when the weather is forecast to be good as apart from the Aquarium it's almost all outdoors. The buildings are fascinating, various types including very old buildings and a village with crafts to watch. The Nordic animals are wonderful - we went around twice. We didn't have time to see the Aquarium, pay extra for it. We arrived by 11am and only left at 6pm because they were closing for the day.

Don't take my word, just visit. I've been to several re-enactment villages and this is vastly the best.
Written 8 June 2024
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parsley1410
crewe30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very interesting museum very much like Beamish or Iron Bridge in UK
The houses are amazing and from different time periods in Swedish history.
Guides ALL speak English and are happy to chat.
lots of walking as its vast and quite hilly, amazing views from the back of the park near the bear enclosure.
Set aside the best part of a day to visit and hope for sunny weather as its all outside
Entrance opposite the Abba Museum short tram ride from Stockholm City centre
Written 5 June 2024
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2412rachaelr
Plymouth, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We didn't have as much time here as we would have liked so didn't see it all, but there was so much we did see that it was amazing. The little town was great and so interactive, and the houses all so authentic. A bit of a lack of signage in places, and it's vast so keep your map on you. The Nordic animals were so great to see - we did go to the smaller zoo there also, which felt like a bit of a liberty to pay nearly the same entrance fee again for such a small area, but it was great to get up close and personal with baby lemurs!
Written 3 June 2024
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Chris M
307 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This is a must see in Stockholm, easy to get to by boat from the centre. The site is vast a mish mash of preserved buildings, reinacted ways of life and animals native to the area.

The old buildings are just that and definitely one for the purists.

The reinactments can be great to understand how people used to live. We encountered two ladies who gave an excellent demonstration of how to recycle wool clothing. But this wasn't guaranteed as another actor in the ironmongery shop seemed to be recreating a ghost and just stared at us.

The animals, if they were actually there (some of the pens were empty), we're great. They have a wide variety in large pens. The bears were especially good watching them climb trees or play in the pool with a hose.
Written 30 May 2024
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KensingtonLass
Kensington, London29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Excellent, very interactive outdoor museum/children’s zoo/aquarium. Great for the whole family - teens, pre-teens, younger kids and adults. Don’t miss the working glass blowing factory, highly interactive children’s zoo and small aquarium, as well as learning about the many traditional buildings transported from all over Sweden.
Written 30 May 2024
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