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Reviewed 17 July 2019 via mobile

Although there was nothing offensive - indeed it was nicely presented, clean and meticulously set out - there was very little to inspire in an attraction which seemed to cater to very little. The ‘zoo’ part was nice; but a lynx,bison,warthog, wolf and pigs does not a zoo make. There was only one evident demonstration of Swedish history in action; I’m not convinced that this justifies the description of a ‘living museum’. The scenery and views were nice, but 220SEK/£20/€20 entry for a walk seems a little steep, and once inside most of the ‘living museum’ (e.g. pottery, bakery, glass blowing) was set up to extract additional expebfiture from visitors. That there was an extra cost even for the short tram ride from foot to top of a small hill seemed a bit over the top in this context. It is true there were many buildings to see. However a large number were either closed; had little-no information about them; or had attendants who didn’t seem to be overly enamoured with the idea of engaging participants. The visit was not unpleasant, but after reviews below that wax lyrical about this place, we were left rather underwhelmed. I like to think we visited on the wrong day / at the wrong time. However, we visited at the height of tourist season, and I am concerned therefore that our experience was not atypical. We thoroughly enjoyed all of our time in Sweden, but I’m not sure this one attraction lives up to the hype.

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Reviewed 17 July 2019

We had a 9 year old and a 90 year old. Both really enjoyed it probably for different reasons. However, you get a real workout pushing a wheelchair. Had we read previous reviews we would go to the funicular entrance but we were in a cab and the driver didnt know the place. The funicular is a tram that takes you up a very steep hill. A hill we pushed my father up! We walked extra to avoid cobblestones which were ominous and most paths were gravel not paved.however it's a fine gravel so not that bad.

Overall, it was really neat. A nice variation on a zoo where human cultures are on exhibit too. It was nice to see local animals but I didnt think they had enough space. Dont miss the Sami traditional huts, really interesting Lappland style house. Right next to their reindeer. Cool play areas for young kids maybe up to 8. You round corners and see performances from times past. We saw a really good musical performance. When we were there, there were mainly local visitors but everyone welcoming of foreign tourists!

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 17 July 2019 via mobile

It has been going in since 1935 or something during the summer months. Swedes meeting up at Skansen singing classical songs combined with live artists. Good fun. Skansen in itself is a mere monument and a must see when in Stockholm

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 16 July 2019

Loved this. Lots of walking. Allow half a day. Wolves. Bears. Moose. Great views of Stockholm too. Also an aquarium

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 15 July 2019

Spent a great day in the sun / rain here. Plenty to do, with properties from many eras from Vikings to 1950s. The actors in some houses were happy to explain about the houses and the lifestyle of each time.
Artisan workshops showcase skills long forgotten to most people.
Its a shame that the funicular railway has been replaced by an escalator though.
The zoo is good too, with big open enclosures for native animals - Reindeer, Wolves, Wolverines and Bears. Be prepared for lots of walking and take a picnic to enjoy the site. The coffee and cake was good at the café, and they offered free ponchos when the rain came down!
Easy to get there with trams, buses and a free ferry from Gamla Stan by the harbour.

Date of experience: July 2019
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