Welcome to a house of fantasy play - Junibacken on Djurgården in Stockholm
Experience a day of magic in our fantasy house on Djurgården in Stockholm. A house that bubbles with stories, laughter, familiar figures - and mischief.
The Story Train is central to Junibacken, with its journey through the fabulous stories of Astrid Lindgren, but you will also meet many other famous figures such as Alfie Atkins, Festus and Mercury and Mulle Meck. Story-time characters come to life, and you can play and make noise, relax in a cosy corner, feel chills along your spine, discover and learn, and go to the theatre.
The first thing that you come to on entering Junibacken is Storybook Square. You are taken directly into a world of fantasy, and many of our most loved characters from children’s books live around the square, with its cobblestones and old-fashioned street lamps. You can, for example, call on Alfie Atkins, go into his house and see if he is at home. Try cooking in Moominmamma’s kitchen, or feel what it’s like to ride on Mulle Meck’s airplane. A living exhibition where you can play, climb, and have fun with everything you see.
The Junibacken Gallery
The Junibacken Gallery comes after Storybook Square, with its exhibition “Three Portfolios - Björn Berg, Ingrid Vang Nyman and Ilon Wikland”. These three artists are probably most well-known for their work illustrating some of Astrid Lindgren’s most dearly loved characters: Emil in Lönneberga, Pippi Longstocking and Karlsson on the Roof. Expectation hangs in the air, because the platform from which the Storybook Train departs is right here.
The Storybook Train
When the conductor has opened the door, all you have to do is hop into the characteristic red train coaches. An adult must always accompany children in the coach, since it may be a comforting feeling to have someone’s hand to hold during the journey.
The narrator’s voice, the music, sounds, lighting, the fantastic tableaux and the atmosphere all combine to make this journey something that will touch the soul of everyone, large and small children alike. The Storybook Train has been realised by Marit Törnqvist, and is available in 16 languages. You can be guided along your journey in Swedish, Arabic, English, Finnish, French, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Estonian, German, Norwegian, Danish, and Polish.
The train journey ends at Villa Villekulla. Here, at the home of the strongest girl in the world, you are free to play just as wildly as you like. Here you can ride Pippi’s horse, Old Man, ride the slide, play in Pippi’s kitchen, play hopscotch, and do lots of other fun things.
Something good to eat and maybe a drop of raspberry pop are really welcome after the intense experience of riding the train and the fun of Villa Villekulla. The restaurant also sells home-baked cakes and buns from our own bakery. The view of Stockholm and Nybroviken is particularly fine from the restaurant.
Our large and well-stocked bookstore offers a range of quality books for children that is far above average. There is also a wide range of music, films, games, clothes, toys, cuddly toys, and cards and posters from the world of children’s literature. We have several Swedish childrens books in English translation.
Adults 145 SEK, Children (2 - 15 years) 125 SEK
October: Every day 10 am - 5 pm
November: Tus - Sun 10 am - 5 pm (also open Monday Nov 3rd)
December: every day 10 am - 5 pm (closed Dec 24th and 25th)
Please note that Junibacken will be closed between January 12th and February 11th 2015. This is due to construction and repairs. On the 12th of February, we open up again - with a brand new exhibition about Moomin, after the classic books by Tove Jansson! - but please note that the Story Train will continue to be closed until March 31st. Between February 12th and March 31st, the entrance fee will therefore be reduced.
January: (1 - 11) Every day 10 am to 5 pm.
February: (12 - 28) Every day 10 am to 5 pm
March: Tue - Sun 10 am to 5 pm (also open the 23rd + 30th)
April: Tue - Sun 10 am to 5 pm (also open the 6th)
May: Every day 10 am to 5 pm
June: Every day 10 am to 5 pm
July: Every day 10 am to 6 pm
August: (1 - 16) Every day 10 am to 6 pm
August: (17 - 31) Every day 10 am to 5 pm (closed the 31st)
September: Tue - Sun 10 am to 5 pm
October: Every day 10 am to 5 pm
November: Every day 10 am to 5 pm
December: Every day 10 am to 5 pm (closed 24th + 25th)
Getting to Junibacken
Junibacken is situated on the island of Djurgården in central Stockholm. It is just behind Nordiska Museet in Galärparken, next door to the Vasa Museum.
From the Central Station (approximately 30 min).
From Karlaplan Metro station (approximately 10 min).
Tram 7 leaves from Sergels torg.
Bus 69 leaves from T-Centralen.
Bus 44 leaves from Karlaplan, which is the nearest metro station.
Bus/tram stop: Junibacken/Nordiska Museet/Vasamuseet
More information is available at www.sl.se