Skansen open air Museum | Stockholm, Sweden |Artur Hazelius was born in Stockholm in 1833 and died at Skansen in 1901. In founding Skansen, in 1891, he created the world’s first open-air museum. The creation of Skansen is related to the romantic ideas and the patriotic spirit of the latter part the nineteenth century, both of which strongly influenced Hazelius. Skansen consists of the oldest open-air museum in the world and the Stockholm zoo, with a beautiful location on Royal Djurgården and a view over all of Stockholm.
If you want to learn about Sweden, their native culture, traditions and customs, Skansen is the perfect place to do so. Enjoy their culture, embrace their music, taste their food. What can you loose. A full fun afternoon. We were there from 5PM till close…. and believe me the had to beg us to leave.
Skansen seeks more to be a living museum, a museum that does not merely exhibit buildings and furnishings, tools of very varying sorts, memorials… Along side all of that it seeks to do much more: to present folk life in living brushstrokes. The first years of the 1890s were devoted to building up the open-air museum with historically interesting buildings, animal enclosures, paths and gardens. When this had been achieved, programmes of events began to be organized at Skansen. Hazelius realized that festivities were attractive to the public who attended in great numbers. Historical events were remembered; there were spring festivals and the royal name of Gustav was celebrated on the appropriate day in the calendar, the 6th of June. The basic programme of events, which remains the backbone of Skansen’s popular entertainment, was thus laid down during the 1890s: the celebration of feasts throughout the year and in people’s lives, traditional country dances and folk music, living crafts and household activities in cottages and farms. The Town Quarter of Skansen show what a Swedish town looked like in the mid-19th century. Most of the houses in the Town Quarters come from Stockholm. Here you will find workshops and dwellings side by side, with a historical interpreter of different crafts and occupations represented.
The Town Quarter of Skansen show what a Swedish town looked like in the mid-19th century. Most of the houses in the Town Quarters come from Stockholm. Here you will find workshops and dwellings side by side, with a historical interpreter of different crafts and occupations represented. ( pharmacy, worksman’s home, bakery, printers, engraver’s workshop, goldsmiths among many others ).
Since the beginning of the twentieth century the principle that has been followed in erecting buildings and farms at Skansen has been to place those from the north of Sweden in the norternmost part of Skansen and the southern farms in the southernmost parts. So, for example, the Sami camp is to be found in the northern part of Skansen while the farm from Skåne is in the extreme south. ( Samis are the native inhabitants of Sweden ).
Skansen in the Christmas season is a special event, with a Christmas market, traditional Swedish julbord (Christmas buffet) and hopefully snow. Those who want to enjoy a traditional Swedish smörgåsbord can have their wish at the Solliden restaurant. Skansen has several restaurants and charming cafés.
Do not miss visiting the Glass Blowing Exhibition and Store… but I will leave this for another post at my blog with videos and pictures.
How to get to Skansen: 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. For more information on Skansen please visit their official website @ http://www.skansen.se/en/. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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