Skansen

Like The Vasa Museum, Skansen is on Djurgården. Skansen is an open air museum, zoo, and park all rolled into one. The weather was once again perfect, and I spent practically the entire day wandering around the pathways and looking at the exhibits.

Skansen is primarily composed of collections of buildings gathered from across the country. For each building the environment, position, and function is recorded in detail before it is disassembled and brought to Skansen. There the area where the building is to reside is changed to closely match where it came from, and the structure is then reassembled.

This process began in the mid 1800s and continues to this day, with each building being filled with the appropriate artefacts for its time and function.

The first thing to great me at Skansen was a family of blue tits.
As you enter the park proper you are immediately immersed in life from Sweden's past.
The old observatory sits in its original position.
The buildings within any given area are related by time period, and often by locale.
When collections of buildings from a single site were reconstructed, great care was given to ensure each was placed in the same location with respect to one another and with the compass.
Most of the buildings are agricultural in nature, such as windmills used to mill grain.
Manor houses were typically built after the original farm buildings, when the farm had established the family's wealth.
Many people are employed to reenact the roles of residents from across the social ladder.
Each building often served several functions: this one was used for storage, summer quarters from the farm staff...
... and the farm privy.
Farms typically started as a quadrangle of buildings, housing the animals, feed, produce, grain, farm hands and initially the farmer's family.
The manor house for this farm also served as the local court house.
Skansen also had local farm animals, such as these ponies, which were about to begin their work day.
Local communities were required to erect and maintain milestones along the roads.
Native animals are also kept at Skansen, such as this wolf.
This great tit was above the wolverine exhibit.
An eagle owl.
Bragehall
The park is a veritable potpourri of activities.
The vista to the north.
Hooded crows hoping for a handout (or an opportunity).
Brown bear
Great grey owl
This guy was rather vocal.
Some of the picturesque houses surrounding Skansen are actually homes for embassies.
Another farmsted.
A pony hard at work.
A wooden belfry.
A schoolhouse.
The classroom.
The school master's quarters were in the same building.
A barnacle goose.
Another farmsted.
The simple life.
Yet another farm quadrangle (you know the pattern by now).
A mill pond and accompanying mill.
One of the oldest buildings in Skansen, and part of the Sami camp.
Guides arriving at work.
A modern restaurant was located in an old inn. The food was quite good and reasonably priced.
With weather this good, lunch was outside.
The inn is located in a reproduction of an entire 18th century village.
Within the buildings actors portray merchants and craftsmen while they describe village life and interact with guests in-character.
Another inn now serving as a coffee shop.
The village was my favorite part of Skansen.
Late in the afternoon I finally dragged myself away and took the ferry back to Gamla Stan.

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