Good morning folks,

We’d been in Copenhagen for a couple of days, and being mid-October we had been blessed with the typical rainy weather! and we were just starting to get a real feel for the city when it was time to try our hand at getting out. We had a perfect sunny day, and knew we couldn’t waste it! So, we crossed the city, found the right bus line, and started on our way to the Frilandsmuseet. Copenhagen is home to an astonishing and wonderful amount of museums, art, and living history – but this museum is unique.

The Frilandsmuseet is an open-air museum in Lyngby just on the northern edge of the Copenhagen metropolitan area. The Museum has a long and cherished history in Denmark. First opened in 1897 and covering 40 hectares, it ranks as one of the largest and possibly the oldest open-air museum in the world.

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The museum features more than 100 buildings rural buildings from across Denmark. Dating from 1650-1950, the styles of architecture, building methods, and preservation are fantastic. From the northern costs, to the warmer southern midlands the museum has examples of how Danes have lived and cultivated the land over the last 400 years. What else is unique is that all of the buildings are original and have been moved piece by piece from their original location. Inside they are decorated with the possessions of those who were their final tenants, and there are excellently preserved woodworkers/carpentry tools, blacksmithing tools, and mills. The museum comes alive in the summer as volunteers descend on the facility and live within the structures in the traditional manner.

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We had a fantastic time exploring the wonders of the Museum, walking through the grounds and getting a real feel for the living history of Denmark. From a traditional island hut, thatched with kelp, to the more traditional mainland farming complexes of the 16-1700’s the museum offers a complete, immersive path of discovery! If you’re headed to Denmark, check it out!

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Find directions and an excellent website about the Museum at: http://en.natmus.dk/museums/the-open-air-museum/practical-information/