Galärvarvsvägen 8, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Dedicated to Swedish children’s literature, the Junibaken most closely follows the work and characters of Astrid Lindgren, the beloved novelist behind Pippi Longstocking (and many more fictional youths). The cultural center aims to ‘awaken the desire to read’ in kids, which it does through many interactive exhibits including a Story Train ride through one of Lindgren’s most popular tales. The end of the ride lets guests off at Villa Villekulla, the hodge-podge home of Pippi, where kids can explore her colorful, well–lived-in estate and pose for a picture atop a model of her horse. The museum is also home to the largest children’s bookstore in Sweden.
Fun Fact: Adult Pippi fans will enjoy discovering the similarities between the redheaded character and another Swedish literary heroine: Lisbeth Salander. Stieg Larsson admitted that he envisioned Lisbeth as the grown-up version of Pippi. Headstrong, independent orphans, both are unlikely protagonists with a flair for trouble.
Written by Emma Pierce