“If you want to find yourself in a fairy tale, join our excursions then the fairy tale will become a princess!” Princess Madeleine (the youngest daughter of the royal couple) came with her child to the Junibacken museum, just like us. “ - Facebook user
Princess Madeleine took a photo with a lucky fan during a visit to the Junibacken Museum in Sweden earlier this year. It could be assumed Madeleine took Princess Leonore to the museum as part of the celebrations for her 3rd birthday on February 20th.
The Lion of Gripsholm Castle (swedish: Lejonet på Gripsholms Slott) is a notable example of bad taxidermy, in the museum of Gripsholm Castle, in Sweden. The lion is badly stuffed; it has a comically unrealistic face.
In 1731, the Bey of Algiers presented King Frederick I of Sweden with a lion. It was one of the first lions in Scandinavia. When alive, the lion was kept in a cage near Junibacken. When the lion died, it was stuffed and mounted, but the taxidermist and the museum-keepers would have been unfamiliar with the appearance of live lions. However, from the side, the setting does resemble a heraldic lion rather than a “real” lion.
This is the last day, I promise. In the morning, we had a choice of a few places to go, so I went to a children’s museum called Junibacken, and the Vasa Museum. Junibacken is a museum based on Astrid Lindgren stories, most of which I don’t know, but it was still pretty fun. There were some parts of stories used to create play areas for kids, including Pippi Longstocking’s house, and a story train that took us through many of the other stories on a little ride. The art that they used to create the stories in 3D was really cool, but unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take pictures. I’m inspired to read more of her stories now, though.
The Vasa Museum is basically a giant museum about a ship that sank in the 1600’s. It was badly built, so it sank immediately after leaving Stockholm and was left on the bottom for 300 years. Then, someone decided to pull it up, so they lifted it out of the water, rebuilt it, and created a museum about it. It was pretty cool to see the actual ship, as well as all of the information about what happened using little models.
We ended our trip with a delicious lunch in a place with a great view of the city, and a gorgeous sunset at the airport. It was a great trip and an awesome chance to explore two new cities.