Experiencing Frilandsmuseet – Danish Open Air Museum

In the Northern outskirts of Copenhagen lies one of the oldest and largest open air museums in the world – Frilandsmuseet. A museum is considered open-air if its exhibits are found outdoors. Usually, these museums feature buildings and artifacts that are best seen outside as they represent living histories. Landscapes and old structures are recreated, if the original cannot possibly be displayed in the museum.

Frilandsmuseet showcase more than 100 buildings coming from rural environments dating from 1650 to 1950. What is especially impressive about this display is that these buildings are all original. They have been meticulously put together with each piece moved from its original location to the present one. The only structure that remained in the original location is a windmill. Never the less, that hasn’t reduced the authenticity of the look.

This open-air museum extends over 86 acres of land. This gives ample space not only to display buildings but also the environment that they should be in. Thus, about 25 historic gardens can likewise be seen as well as livestock identified with original Danish breeds. The buildings on display reveal not only the physical look but also the various social living conditions inevitably attached to them. From a poorhouse to a manor house, every region of Denmark is represented. These structures demonstrate just how adaptable the Danes are with whatever circumstances they are in. It can be said that Frilandsmuseet seeks not only to recreate a place but also a particular time period in the history of Denmark.

Visitors can enter this museum for free. It is easily reached and accessed by bus or train. 


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