Open-air museum, concert stage and zoo
Founded in 1891, Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum. Visitors to Skansen meet a historical Sweden reflected both in the buildings and their surroundings. Some 150 historically interesting houses and farmsteads have been moved to Skansen over the years from all over Sweden.
Skansen is also home to 75 different species and breeds of Scandinavian domestic and wild animals such as wolves, lynx, elks and brown bears. The year’s festivals are always celebrated at Skansen in a traditional manner, including Sweden’s national day, Midsummer, Lucia and Christmas. Skansen is open every day all year round. In the houses and farmsteads there are historical interpreters in period dress. They explain to visitors how people lived in earlier times and they demonstrate traditional activities such as spinning, weaving, knitting and other crafts. You can travel back in time and meet people from the past.
Enjoy a delicious meal in one of Skansen’s restaurants with breathtaking views over Stockholm. And don’t miss the museum shop, which sells traditional handicraft and Swedish design products.