Skansen was created in 1891 and is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden to show what life was like before the industrial era. The name Skansen has also been used as a noun to refer to other open-air museums in Europe and the United States. Skansen's buildings and grounds are beautifully maintained, the views are amazing, and the admission price of 100 kroner or 17.04 dollars seemed very fair to me.
While I was there I saw several groups of children on a field trip from school. I can see why a school would encourage this activity a it was an awesome history lesson for me! I learned a lot about the history of Sweden's architeture and way of life. I had so much fun in the zoo area with the indigenous animals of this country especially the lemurs!
I sent about six hours at this open air museum, but wish I'd had longer. If you enjoy learning about history and taking photos, you might want to allot one and a half or two days to fully experience Skansen. I know that I would have loved an extra day there as there is a lot to see. Be sure to wear good walking shoes and try to go on a nice day as most of the activitie are outdoors.
This guy met me at the entrance and seemed to be following me through the park:
The entrance and gardens were beautiful:
There was a glass blowers shop with a working glass blower who was selling some beautiful items:
There are several outdoor cafes to get get something to eat or drink:
I really enjoyed seeing the traditional Swedish architecture:
The farmers lived in close knit communities so they could work together and help each other with caring for their crops and animals:
The ouside of a nineteenth century Swedish home:
Inside a traditional Swedish home:
A traditional class room:
I LOVED the lemur exhibit! It does cost 120 Kroner or about 20 dollars/person to go inside the exhibit. You can see them quite well from outside. I took the photo at the top of this blog from outside the exhibit. I had so much fun playing with them and being such an animal lover, I would pay the twenty dollars to enter their lair again.
This guy was being all cute and cuddly until...
Here is baby sitting on his mother eating a piece of fruit:
I thought this guy was meditating:
This is a baby lemur. They are very playful!
There is a tree growing in the middle of their aquarium:
I loved the Meercats aka Meerkats as well (they are part of the mongoose family):
I loved the views throughout the museum: