Scandanavian animals at the Stockholm’s Skansen

The industrial revolution had created a new world. People moved into the cities to work in factories. Life in the farm had gone out of favour and out of style. City-dwellers progressively became the norm and not the exception. Into this new age came Skansen, the world’s first open-air museum opened in 1891.

Stockholm Skansen 1The objective was to show to city-dwellers and tourist life in Sweden before the industrial age (a smaller similar open-air museum can also be found in the city of Sodertalje, south of Stockholm). To do this, a whole museum with a mini town and then animal enclosures (for Scandanavian animals) were built.

Stockholm Skansen 2

Let the pictures tell a story.

Stockholm Skansen 3A small town recreated near the entrance of Skansen, not unlike Sigtuna town.

Stockholm Skansen 4Another view of the replica town.

Stockholm Skansen 5 Stockholm Skansen 6Parents explaining to their children the architectural background of these Sami houses.

Stockholm Skansen 7Another example of a house for the northern Sami people.

Stockholm Skansen 8A Reindeer looks out to the Stockholm City Centre.

Stockholm Skansen 9Moose relaxing in their enclosure.

Stockholm Skansen 10A harbour seal swims towards his home.

Stockholm Skansen 11Swedish horses and Shetland ponies

Stockholm Skansen 12Grey Owls

Stockholm Skansen 13Lynx

Stockholm Skansen 14Bisons

Stockholm Skansen 15Adorable Gute Sheep

Stockholm Skansen 16A church belfry from the 1700s, currently the largest in Sweden and moved from a northern province to Skansen.

Stockholm Skansen 17A headstone.

Stockholm Skansen 18The Seglora Church built in 1730 in Västergötland and moved to Skansen in 1913.


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