In Vimmerby in Småland there is a very special place – Astrid Lindgrens Näs. Here Astrid Lindgren, our most popular writer, was born and grew up. This is the place where she has been inspired for many of her stories and books. Here she heard the stories and met many of the people and the environments that then formed the stories in her books.
It was at Näs that she climbed in the lemonade tree and played with her siblings in the woodshed. It was here she was jumping in the hay and listening to stories in Kristin’s kitchen. Most people have strong feelings for Astrid Lindgren and her books. She constantly meets new readers and continues to embody our view of mankind and the world. Her writing defy all boundaries as she is read by all generations in all continents. Astrid Lindgren has become a model for people all over the world, not just as a writer but also as a social critic and debater. With sharp pencil and confident voice, with humor and warmth, she struggled for the environment, children’s rights and animal welfare.
Astrid Lindgren and the power of stories
In the exhibition ‘Astrid Lindgren and the power of stories’, you can get to know the little girl who grew up on Näs farm and follow her throughout her life. Hear the songs she sang during her childhood that inspired the treasure of songs she created, and understand the despair she felt when she was forced to leave her son as a young girl; discover her war diaries, which provide a unique insight into her thoughts and everyday life during the Second World War; and delve into her politics, which opposed anything she saw as injustice. Above all, gain an insight into one of Sweden’s greatest authors and discover what inspired and motivated Astrid Lindgren.
Guided tour through the Childhood Home
Join a guided tour and go back in time to when Astrid Lindgren grew up here at Näs together with her three siblings, parents and many others who worked on the farm. The childhood home was restored by Astrid Lindgren herself in the 1960s, as she remembers it from her childhood. This is where Astrid Lindgren’s own story begins.
The childhood home is privately owned and can only be visited on a guided tour.
The gardens at Astrid Lindgrens Näs.
The gardens at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs are a narrative garden that consists of a number of different spaces where each part carries a special theme that in some way is connected to Astrid Lindgren and her authorship, such as hope, security, despair, freedom, courage, melancholy and joy of life.
Our ambition is for the gardens to evoke emotions, to be a place to be inspired by, a place where thoughts can take place and conversations are held. Here, leafy halls and moss beds are mixed with playful sculptures and nettle gardens – all with a scent of Småland´s nature that was so close to Astrid Lindgren’s heart.