Skansen

This is the museum that the whole family will love: a large, first-rate open-air museum displaying more that 150 traditional, historic buildings from all over Sweden, and located in the old royal hunting grounds on the island of Djurgården.

Indeed it is the world's oldest open-air museum, founded in 1891. Its collection includes farmhouses, shops, dwellings, inns, a church, a schoolhouse, an artist's studio, and a full-scale replica of a 19th-century town centre.

Staff dressed in costume give demonstrations of traditional crafts, such as tanning, shoemaking, weaving, glass-blowing and pottery. Special events take place throughout the year, including music, dance, and the celebration of seasonal festivals.

The park also has an open-air zoo specializing in Nordic animals (reindeer, bears, wolves, lynxes, wolverines, seals), plus an aquarium/terrarium featuring tropical fish, reptiles and mammals.

There are plenty of places to eat: traditional taverns, restaurants and cafés, and picnic benches.

Skansen is accessible from central Stockholm by tram and bus, and by ferry, and even by foot.
www.skansen.se

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