#54 Junibacken

My name is Dörte Nielandt and I would like to adopt Junibacken.

Stockholm 20101215  JunibackenBilden:  Foto: Tommy Pedersen

Pippi Longstocking’s horse (Foto by Tommy Pedersen courtesy of Junibacken)


Tell us a bit more about yourself

I’m really from up north, you know. So is my husband, further up north. But I seriously doubt if that’s why we’re married. I’d say it’s got more to do with his rugged good looks, my sense of humor and the fact that he asked. Anyhow, we live in Berlin with our two children, the thrills of our lives. At www.liebling-nicht-jetzt.de I’m blogging about all things that happen when I’m busy making other plans, i.e. Life.

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum

My museum gem is Junibacken in Stockholm, a place that gives kids the chance to experience the wonderful world of the late children’s author Astrid Lindgren. Ever since the opening in 1996 it has served as one of the most popular kids museums in Sweden. Due to a special queuing system – all visitors are given a time slot– it’s never too crowded. Junibacken is open all year around and a daily ticket is about 120 SEK.

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?

My husband always tells me that if there is one voice that he’ll never forget, it is the one of Astrid Lindgren. She served as an extra grandmother for his whole generation. Junibacken speaks her voice. Everything here has been done with loads and loads of love together with an exceptional sense to details. That is who she was, a master of her craft, unwilling to compromise. And the love of her life being the children. 
I was first there in 2010. Being Swedish and all, my husband felt he needed to take our daughter and me when we were in Stockholm. It starts with a small gondola that takes you through a miniature world where you meet Emil, Madicken, Karlsson and all the other characters from her books. Accompanied by Astrid’s voice of course. At the end of the journey, where you re-experience the end of the Brothers Lionheart, I turned to my husband and saw him crying. That’s where they had me too.

Why would you recommend people visit?

As described above. Junibacken offers all grown-ups a chance to re-visit their childhood youth. But the main focus is of course on the children. After the gondola you reach Villa Villekulla, a giant playground with slopes, climbing walls and Pippi Longstocking’s big horse “Lilla Gubben”. Once in a while the kids are interrupted by Pippi herself coming by together with two not too bright local police officers. They chase her down the stairs and all kids roaringly run after. Downstairs is the restaurant and yet another big play room, this time with scenery from other children’s books such as Pettson and Findus or Mumin. Before you exit there is a large store where you e.g. can get Astrid Lindgren’s books and films in various languages. This is where I spent most of the time. If you want to experience a couple of hours feeling really good, Junibacken is your place. There is nothing bad about it. Even the food in the restaurant is good. Your kids are going to love it and so will you.

How would you sum up your museum in three words?

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful

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