About Skansen

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Skansen was founded by Artur Hazelius in 1891. It is the world’s oldest open-air museum and is situated on the island of Djurgården within the city limits of Stockholm. The founder’s aims live on in the museum today. He wanted to bring the traditional rural culture to life by exhibiting furnished houses and farmsteads, cultivated plots and gardens and both domestic and wild animals. When Skansen started, its focus was on farming and Sami culture.

Visitors to Skansen meet a miniature historical Sweden reflected both in the buildings and their surroundings – from the Skåne farmstead in the south to the Sami camp in the north. The venues illustrate the different social conditions in which people lived in Sweden between the 16th centure and the first half of the 20th century. The majority of houses and farmsteads are from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

At Skansen there are both domestic and wild Nordic animals such as bears, wolves and lynx. Skansen also hold traditional celebrations to mark occasions such as Walpurgis Night, Christmas and Midsummer. Enjoy a delicious meal in one of our restaurants with breathtaking views over Stockholm. And don't miss our Museum shop, selling traditional handicrafts and Swedish design products. Skansen is open all year round.

Don´t miss do download the Skansen App, available at the App Store and Google Play. There you will find todays calendar and map.

Where are the restrooms and changing tables?
You can find toilets at the main entrance, the Hazelius Entrance, next to the Lodge, behind Högloftet, in the Forestry Centre and close to Galejan. At Skansen all toilets have baby changing table. Toilets for the disabled are at the Main Entrance, the Hazelius Entrance, in the Forestry Centre, and Högloftet.

Is there a family ticket?
No, but new for this year is an annual pass for 2 adults and 2 children between 6-15 years that costs 950 SEK. The ordinary passes is 550 SEK (SEK 450 for senior citizens) you can bring one child between 6-15 years free of charge. Kids under 6 years enter free.

Dogs, except guide dogsor other pets are not allowed at Skansen.

Strollers you can rent at the info stand, 50 SEK.

How do you get to Skansen?
We recommend our guests to leave their cars at home. Taking Djurgården ferry from Slussen (all year) or from Nybroplan (summer) is recommended. You can also take the tram from Hamngatan in the very center of Stockholm or bus 44 from Karlaplan. More information on how to get to Skansen. ''


General inquiries
+46-8-442 82 00

Press- and Media inquiries
Christina Hamnqvist
Press Officer
+46-8-442 81 97

Travel Trade inquiries
Kylliki Hellström
Marketing Manager
+46-8-442 81 07