Time travel – Stockholm #5

28 Jun

What you might think is kind of lame about historical museums: You’re inside, watching old stuff, can’t touch anything and everything is somehow dead. But, there has been this clever guy called Artur Hazelius who invented a whole new kind of museum: The outdoor museum! Today outdoor museums – or open air museums – can be find everywhere in Europe. But the very first of it was Skansen in Stockholm, founded by Hazelius in 1891.

It’s like a film in a film … just that it’s a village in a city. Skansen is placed quite central in Stockholm, on the island Djurgården (if you didn’t know yet: Stockholm is built on 14 islands). You enter it and you enter a whole nostalgic world, displaying Swedish culture from around the 17th till the early 20th century.
In Skansen you can find buildings from whole Sweden, which were just broken down at their original places and built up again here. Weird, isn’t it? But it’s not only houses. Hazelius wanted to show culture not architecture. You can visit many of those buildings (and even a Sami camp), see how it looked inside in 1920, and there are “museum actors” sitting there, preteding they were a school teacher or a farmers lady and they tell you all about the people who’ve been living in this house and how it all was about at that time. Pretty cool!
Right at the beginning of Skanse their is a little village with all you need: a drug store, a book binder, a store for herbs (although I’m not really sure that all of these stores have been from the same time…) and my favourite: an old konsum supermarket from the 1920s. I loved it!

And if you think that this all is not great enough: wait, there is even more! There is also a zoo in it with Nordic animals like elks and reindeers (of course), foxes, lynx (finally!), bears and wolves. The bears were pretty active and entertaining all their happy visitors when we were there.

Skansen was not only very interesting for historicans and kids, it has in addition many cool things to take photos of:

An old gas station in Skanse Stockholm

An old konsum supermarket in Skanse Stockholm

A mirror and a wall in a cafe in Skanse Stockholm

A mirror effect picture in Skanse Stockholm

An old telephone box in Skanse the open air museum in Stockholm

When we got a little tired, we sat down outside this sweet little café (see picture with the mirror) and had a piece of cake. It was crowded with sweet sparrows (you might think they’re annoying but we love them). They actually sat down on the chair at our table and watched us. Look here, aren’t they cute?

Little sparrow bird catched in Skanse Stockholm

Oh, hello, Sweetie!

Feeding a little sparrow in a cafe in Skanse Stockholm

Ha! Almost!

After many hours walking around Skanse, we decided against the theme park Gröna Lund, which is right next to it (just imagine: this city has it’s own open air museum and a theme park in it’s centre!) and took a long stroke through Djurgården instead (despite this actually means “animal park”, it’s not a zoo). There we found a field with… field art? We didn’t understand. Maybe Swedish humour?
Kind of art in a field in Stockholm Djurgården

Any restaurant advice for that day? Not really. To be honest, we sat down at the closest Subway restaurant, and I fell asleep at 8 in the evening. We walked around a lot!

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One Response to “Time travel – Stockholm #5”

  1. Emily Dahl 29. August 2013 at 10:11 #

    Loved this post! So much fun to see Stockholm from a different point of view!

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