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The Skansen Museum: a village back in time

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This outdoor museum traces five centuries of housing history.

Do you remember M. Night Shyamalan's movie, The Village? If you leave aside the plot, you are entering the fantasy world of the most visited open-air museum in the world.

It was founded by Arthur Azelius. At the end of the 19th century, when Sweden began industrialising, this ethnologist had the idea of presenting, in 3D, scenes of Swedish rural life, in order to preserve their memory. These early enactments represented Sweden at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1873, and led to Azelius starting an ethnological movement. Over the years, the museum has been expanded into a real village with more than 150 buildings. There are traditional farmhouses, mansions,and Sami tents. The buildings are authentic they are dismantled brick by brick, and board by board, then faithfully reassembled. Though the result could be folkloric, here, as is usual for Sweden, everything is refined.

Skansen also includes a Scandinavian zoo with owls, otters, deer, and elk for the delight of all.

Skansen Museum
Djurgärdsslaätten 49 51
115 21 Stockholm

+46 (0)8 442 80 00

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