Skansen open-air museum

From the middle of the 15th century, the large island of Djurgården, east of the city, was a royal hunting forest. In 1891 Artur Hazelius established Skansen here, the first open-air museum in the World, with historic houses and farms from many different parts of Sweden that have been rebuilt after being carefully dismantled and transported to the museum.

The interiors and furniture in the houses, which date from a wide range of periods and represent a wide range of social classes, give a clear sense of the emergence of styles of furniture, an appreciation of wood and high quality joinery and preferences for certain colours that can be traced on to contemporary design.