The Tomi Ungerer Museum (Musée Tomi Ungerer–Centre International de l’Illustration) celebrates the many talents of the Strasbourg-born artist Tomi Ungerer. Opened in 2007, it is the first national museum devoted solely to illustrations from the 1900s onward. Stored in the Tomi Ungerer Museum is a collection of over 11,000 drawings and 6,500 toys. Find everything from children’s book illustrations to posters with political themes and an erotic section.
Ungerer is among the most prolific artists of his era and to date has published over 140 books. He donated a large portion of his works to Strasbourg in 1975. Look for these displayed on a rotating basis in the rooms of a 19th-century mansion.
On the ground floor is a series of drawings and sketches from the artist’s acclaimed children’s books such as Moon Man and The Three Robbers. Have fun discovering the books via an interactive exhibit.
The second floor exhibits offer an insight into Ungerer’s political and satirical side. Note the posters with obvious social and political themes, including race and war. Erotic and pornographic drawings are in the basement. Children are not permitted in this section. Outside, industrial sculptures and mechanical toys decorate the garden.
The museum also strives to promote and preserve the history of international illustration. Find out what temporary exhibits are scheduled during your visit. These provide a platform for other known illustrators such as André François, R.O. Blechman and William Steig.
Find the museum in the Contades neighborhood and on the banks of the River Ill. Get here by taking a tram to the République stop. Visit the nearby attractions of Place de la République Garden and Palais du Rhin.
The Tomi Ungerer Museum is open from Wednesday to Monday and has an admission fee. Visit on the first Sunday of the month for free entry this applies for all Strasbourg museums. Check the Musées de Strasbourg’s official website for more information.