Last week I posted a link on my Facebook page to an article announcing that Astrid Lindgren’s apartment in Stockholm, Sweden has been opened for small tour groups to view as a museum of her life and where she wrote her famous children’s books about Pippi Longstocking.
So why do we find it so fascinating to walk the floorboards of an author’s home, see photos or read about events in their lives? Are we just nosy? Or is it natural curiosity? Perhaps it is like being given a glimpse into a successful mind or the hope that we can just walk into their world of fantasy and take a little of their magic home with us.
Despite most of us gaining access to only a very small percentage of published children’s books in our lives, of which many are also limited to our immediate culture, children’s books are a great credit to the universal desire to teach, entertain, support and communicate with our children. Children’s books are something we can all relate to as having contributed to our childhood learning so it’s not surprising that many museums have been set up around the world to commemorate the lives and imaginations of some of our most famous children’s authors who have in turn touched our own lives. So next time you’re out and about on your travels, here are eleven museums which may tickle your taste for childhood memories or create some new ones for your own children.
Anne of Green Gables Museum – Park Corner, P.E.I., Canada
AUTHOR: L.M. Montgomery; BOOKS: Best known for Anne of Green Gables.
Grimm World – Kassel, Germany
AUTHORS: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (otherwise known as the Brothers Grimm); BOOKS: Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel and many, many others.
The museum opened summer 2015 .
Hans Christian Andersen Museum – Odense, Denmark
AUTHOR: Hans Christian Andersen; BOOKS: The Emporer’s New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid and many, many others.
Kinglsey Museum – Clovelly, Devon, UK
AUTHOR: Charles Kingsley; BOOKS: Best known for The Water Babies.
Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House – Massachusetts, USA
AUTHOR: Louisa May Alcott; BOOKS: Little Women, Little Men and Jo’s Boys.
Musee Herge – Louvain-la-Neuve, Brussels, Belgium
AUTHOR: Herge; BOOKS: Tintin.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art – Amherst, MA, USA
AUTHOR: Eric Carle; BOOKS: Best known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Busy Spider and many, many others.
Tampere Art Museum Moominvalley – Tampere, Finland
Author: Tove Jansson; BOOKS: the Moomin series of books.
The Lewis Carroll Centre – Cheshire, UK
AUTHOR: Lewis Carroll; BOOKS: Best known for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – Great Missenden, UK
AUTHOR: Roald Dahl; BOOKS: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach and the list goes on!
The World of Beatrix Potter – Cumbria, UK
AUTHOR: Beatrix Potter; BOOKS: The Tale of Peter Rabbit and his many friends such as The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher plus many, many others.