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.
The 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.
Let the pictures tell a story.
A small town recreated near the entrance of Skansen, not unlike Sigtuna town.
Another view of the replica town.
Parents explaining to their children the architectural background of these Sami houses.
Another example of a house for the northern Sami people.
A Reindeer looks out to the Stockholm City Centre.
Moose relaxing in their enclosure.
A harbour seal swims towards his home.
Swedish horses and Shetland ponies
Adorable Gute Sheep
A church belfry from the 1700s, currently the largest in Sweden and moved from a northern province to Skansen.
The Seglora Church built in 1730 in Västergötland and moved to Skansen in 1913.
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