The nucleus of the museum was the Fredriksdal Estate, built in the 18th century by the salvage entrepreneur Fredrik Wilhelm Cöster. During the following generations, Fredriksdal developed into a large property. Gardens and parks were created, vegetable and herb gardens were planted and cultivated. After the last owner had donated the whole complex to the city of Helsingborg, Fredriksdal was opened to the public in 1923 as an open-air museum.
“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” -Leo Buscaglia