Skansen

As we mentioned in our last post, the green island of Djurgarden outside of Stockholm's city center is home to 22 museums. One of the largest and most popular is Skansen - the world's first open-air museum. Founded in 1891, Skansen showcases five centuries of Swedish history, bringing to life Sweden's traditional rural culture through historic homes, farms, gardens and even a zoo!

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There are also lots of historic stores and workhouses, like a printer, pharmacy, blacksmith, carpenter and even a glass blowing shop.

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One of our favorite parts of visiting Skansen was speaking to the "actors" who "work" in each shop and home, who are all extremely educated about their backgrounds and time periods in Swedish history. It was so great chatting with the actors and getting a crash course on Sweden's past.

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All of the structures were also beautifully - and, we assume, accurately - decorated, and walking through the buildings and gardens gave us some amazing styling inspiration.

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And even though the museum is only a short trip from downtown, Skansen really takes you away from city life - you feel like you've stepped back in history and are strolling through the colorful Swedish countryside.

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In addition to domestic farm animals, like horses, sheep and donkeys, there are also tons of native wild animals in the zoo, like reindeer, wolves, bears and even lynxes.

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The grounds are truly sprawling. We wish we had entered the museum earlier in the day, but by the time we started exploring, half of the shops had already closed and we were only able to see a small portion of the exhibits. We definitely recommend heading in early because you will want to spend a full day walking through and taking in every detail of this beautiful park.

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Skansen Djurgårdsslätten 49-51 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden