Remembering Tintin's Museum Exhibition in Stockholm

14 October 2001

I don't know if anyone care but I want to tell you what happened when Tintin's Museum—the exhibition—visited Stockholm, Sweden in the 1980's.

Naturally, I decided to see the exhibition as soon as I heard about it.

One Monday morning I travelled to Stockholm on my 50cc Suzuki moped. Maximum speed: 30 km/h. Distance: 150 km! As I arrived at the museum, I realized the place was closed, just as it always is on Mondays. Did I turn around and go home (another 150 km)? No way.

I found a nice lady who worked at "Etnografiska museet" (Ethnography Museum) who kindly let me in to see the Tintin exhibition. And I had the whole exhibition for myself to explore.

There are two things to learn from this experience:

  1. Make a phone call and ask about the opening hours before you go to places you don't know much about.
  2. Don't go riding a moped for 300 kilometers in one day. I could hardly sit for days after my trip to and from Stockholm.


A catalogue for the exhibition was published in a number of languages in the 1980's. If you are interested in original works by Hergé that never got published the normal way, take a look at Stephane Steeman's book, Tout Hergé. This is a presentation of Steeman's own collection, which is very large. The book can be purchased from various stores, for example: