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Skansen is the first open air museum and zoo in Sweden and is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden. It was founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius (1833–1901) to show the way of life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era.

The Skansen Aquarium

The Skansen Aquarium, with the World of Monkeys, has about 200 exotic species.

Meet fish, corals, crocodiles, turtles, lizards, snakes, naked mole-rats, pygmy marmosets, golden lion tamarins, baboons, lemurs, spiders, insects, bats and parrots. Visitors are allowed in to some of the animals, such as the lemurs and the animals in the Children's Rain Forest. Extra admission charge.

Skansen's new Children's Zoo

The Children’s Zoo – Lill-Skansen – has been the children's favourite since 1955. A brand new Lill-Skansen opens in the spring of 2012. It will be a place where children can get to know animals and nature all year round.

Thanks to a sponsorship agreement between Skansen and Stockholm's Consumer Association, we can finally give the animals and our visitors larger and more modern facilities. Since 1955, millions of visitors have enjoyed Lill-Skansen - but only in the summer. The new Lill-Skansen, which opens in March of 2012, will be open throughout the year.

Here, children of all ages can learn more about animals and how to take care of their pets. There will also be a classroom where school classes can take part in new and exciting activities.

So, keep your eyes open for the opening of Skansen's newest attraction!

The open-air museum

Skansen attracts more than 1.3 million visitors each year. The many exhibits over the 75 acre (300,000 m2) site include a full replica of an average 19th-century town, in which craftsmen in traditional dress such as tanners, shoemakers, silversmiths, bakers and glass-blowers demonstrate their skills in period surroundings. There is even a small patch growing tobacco used for the making of cigarettes. There is also an open-air zoo containing a wide range of Scandinavian animals including the bison, brown bear, moose, grey seal, lynx, otter, red fox, reindeer, wolf, and wolverine (as well as some non-Scandinavian animals due to their popularity). There are also farmsteads where rare breeds of farm animals can be seen.

In early December the site's central Bollnäs square is host to a popular Christmas market that has been held since 1903, attracting around 25,000 visitors each weekend. In the summer there are displays of folk dancing and concerts.

Funicular railway

Since 1897, Skansen has been served by the Skansens Bergbana, a funicular railway on the northwest side of the Skansen hill. The funicular is 196.4 meters long, with a total rise of 34.57 meters.


The 19th century was a period of great change throughout Europe and Sweden was no exception. Its rural way of life was rapidly giving way to an industrialised society and many feared that the country's many traditional customs and occupations may be lost to history. Artur Hazelius, who had previously founded the Nordic Museum on the island of Djurgården near the centre of Stockholm, was inspired by the open-air museum founded by King Oscar II in Kristiania in 1881 when he created his open-air museum on the hill that dominates the island. Skansen became the model for other early open-air museums in Scandinavia and later ones elsewhere. The name "Skansen" has also been used as a noun to refer to other open-air museums and collections of historic structures, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, but also in the United States, e.g. Old World Wisconsin and Fairplay, Colorado.

Skansen was originally a part of the Nordic Museum, but became an independent organisation in 1963. The objects in the Skansen buildings are still the property of the Nordic Museum.

After extensive travelling, Hazelius bought around 150 houses from all over the country (as well as one structure from Telemark in Norway) and had them shipped piece by piece to the museum, where they were rebuilt to provide a unique picture of traditional Sweden. Only three of the buildings in the museum are not original, and were painstakingly copied from examples he had found. All of the buildings are open to visitors and show the full range of Swedish life from the Skogaholm Manor house built in 1680, to the 16th century Älvros farmhouses.

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