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August 13, 2012

Skansen Open-Air Museum

One of the most interesting places I visited while in Sweden was Skansen. Skansen is actually an open-air museum and a zoo all in one. Stepping inside this huge museum is like stepping into early 19th century Sweden. This is the place to visit historic Sweden in miniature. 150 farms and dwellings from different parts of the country were disassembled and transported here. in Skansen, one can visit charming town districts with glass blowing, pottery, a tinsmith’s workshop and a bakery, a gold-colored manor house, the Skogaholm manor house, the beautiful eighteenth-century Seglora wooden church and the The museum shop is a must for fans of traditional handicrafts. You can also see all of the animals native to Scandinavia such as moose, bears, lynxes, wolves, wolverines and seals. There is also a terrarium, a monkey house and a children’s zoo.

During our visit in Skansen, the Swedes were celebrating Midsummer. It is located on an island (Djurgården) in Stockholm. You can either ride a "water-taxi"or a cab to go there. The name "Skansen" has also been used as a noun to refer to other open-air museums and collections of historic structures.

It was my first time to see animals commonly found only in Scandinavian countries. What I enjoyed though was visiting the "town districts". It was really like walking through old Sweden during their pre-industrial era.

The Skansen is usually open 10:00am and closes usually at 11:00pm. You might need to a grab a map upon entering the place. You can also check their official website for official operating hours and schedule of events.

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