When the open-air museum was created in the late 1940s, the first historical buildings were brought to Valla Farm.
In the 1940s, many people moved to Linköping from the countryside, and they needed to quickly modernize the city for all the new residents, with new houses, offices, stores and wider streets for all the automobile traffic. Many of the old buildings were torn down. The idea of the open-air museum of Gamla Linköping was to preserve some of the buildings, so that we can see and visit them even today. Most of the more than 120 buildings in the open-air museum were moved here from Linköping and surrounding areas.
When we arrive at Valla Farm, you see a little gray house. It’s called Östra Torp—or East Croft—and it’s one of the oldest wooden residential buildings in the whole province. It has lovely ceiling paintings from the early 18th century. Feel free to drop by and see if the farm folks are home!
You can also try your hand at farm chores in our play barn.