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Pippi Longstocking is coming to Philadelphia’s American Swedish Historical Museum!
In 1945, a red-haired, horse-lifting, freckle-faced, nine-year-old girl jumped exuberantly from the pages of Pippi Longstocking (Pippi Långstrump), into the hearts of children and adults throughout Sweden. Now, Pippi Longstocking or rather a Pippi Longstocking exhibit is coming to Philadelphia, by way of the American Swedish Historical Museum, to fill the hearts of kids here with joy and excitement.
With her special brand of exuberance, it was not long before Pippi Longstocking was captivating readers of all ages with her adventurous nature, generous spirit, and self-assured independence. Pippi became a symbol of freedom, especially in post-WWII Europe, which was then emerging from the crushing influence of authoritarian Germany. Now, translated into over ninety languages—from Afrikaans to Yiddish—Astrid’s Pippi has inspired the young and the young-at-heart worldwide.
The American Swedish Historical Museum’s Pippi Longstocking Exhibit will offer guests
- Life-sized tableaus of Ingrid Vang Nyman, Pippi’s creator’s lively and timeless depictions of Pippi’s world will set the scene for creative play.
- Kids will have the opportunity to go inside Pippi’s home, Villa Villekulla, and experiment with one of Pippi’s favorite activities: cooking in her kitchen.
- Test your strength by lifting Pippi’s horse.
- Explore “Thing-Finding” in Pippi’s cabinet of treasures.
- Scrub-a-dub-dub the floor with sponges on your shoes.
- Visitors will also discover how Astrid Lindgren influenced Swedish attitudes toward childhood; what childhood in Sweden looks like today; and how Pippi may, or may not, embody Swedishness.
The American Swedish Historical Museum’s Pippi Longstocking Exhibit
The exhibition will open on Sunday, March 23, 2014 and from 2pm-4pm visitors will have an added chance to experience the world of Pippi throughout the American Swedish Historical Museum.
Special Pippi Longstocking Exhibit Opening Day activities
- Pippi themed arts and crafts
- Story reading
- Aa museum gallery hunt (or thing finding, to Pippi fans).
The American Swedish Historical Museum’s Admission Prices
- General museum admission includes this exhibition
- $8 for adults
- $6 for seniors and students
- $4 for children 5-11
- Children under 5 are free
- AAA members save $1.
- For more information, call the Museum at 215. 389. 1776 or visit www.americanswedish.org/calendar.htm.
The American Swedish Historical Museum’s Hours
- Tuesday – Friday, 10am to 4pm
- Saturday – Sunday, 12pm to 4pm
The American Swedish Historical Museum’s Location
The American Swedish Historical Museum is located in scenic FDR Park at 1900 Pattison Avenue in South Philadelphia near the Sports Complex. Plenty of free parking is available. For those taking public transportation, the Broad Street Subway’s AT&T/Pattison Avenue stop is within walking distance or SEPTA’s Route 17 (Naval Base) can bring you right to the Museum.
Want to get your kids extra ready for this exhibit? Check out our Pippi Longstocking movie review.