The Cheburashka Museum in Moscow

The Cheburashka Museum in Moscow

  • Country: Russia
  • City: Moscow
  • Address: Dmitrievskaya str., 3A

A mystery is the fact of the popularity of this literary and cartoon character. For nearly fifty years, this touching and unknown to science creature invented by the writer Ouspensky and multiplier by Kacanovy, occupies the minds of not only children but also adults. Cheburashka can be seen on postcards, badges, stamps. His big ears became the basis of many advertisements, and its very name is used very reputable company. The climax of the popularity of the beloved hero was his election as a symbol of the Russian Olympic team.

Miraculously the popularity of Cheburashka can not withstand even a “strong” competitor, like Pinocchio. However, perhaps this phenomenon can be explained by “immigrant” nature of the long-nosed adventurer, unlike bolshego naive and kind Russian friend crocodile.

In its status Cheburashka have long deserved a Museum, but opened this place not so long ago, and at the personal initiative of the Director of the kindergarten, supported by the Creator of the hero assumption.


   The Museum of Cheburashka – one of the smallest in Moscow. Occupies two rooms. The first part of the exhibition is actually housed in an old phone booth. The collection includes numerous images of the famous hero: toys, postcards, badges, books, dishes, clothing, etc. Collection of exhibits provided by the fans of Cheburashka. Presents images of the other heroes of fairy tales and cartoon.

One of the most valuable exhibits of the second part of the exhibition – typewriter of the author of the immortal works. Here you can see many items related to hero, the first edition of the book, as well as a large number of children’s work (drawings and crafts), which is children’s vision and interpretation of the character.

Despite the small size and even some of the arbitrariness of this institution, the Museum conducts active creative work. Periodically there are or creative workshops, or concerts and temporary exhibitions.

A feature of this Museum is that almost all of the many exhibits you can touch, even play with them, which leads to a complete delight young visitors.


To a separate “branch” of the Museum can be attributed to a small literary living room, where periodically there are meetings with children’s writers, including the author’s tale about Cheburashka.

During these meetings you can learn, for example, any claim to the book was the censors, why the release of the book was under threat, and why the teacher assumption Zakhoder thought the story of Cheburashka dull work.

It will be interesting to know the names of those who received a famous hero in other countries. If the countries of the former USSR, the name most often not translated, the Germans came up with the Cheburashka name Plumps, and the Swedes call it Drutten, Finns are Maxis.

Cartoons about the adventures of the big-eared hero is also released worldwide in dozens of languages. It is interesting that in different countries Cheburashka looks a little different. Each country brings its look something different and special.