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Exhibitions

What Happens Next?

The permanent exhibition, What Happens Next?, takes visitors on a journey into the magic world of Jansson’s Moomin books. Combining texts and images, it retells the entire story of the Moomins, starting from the first book The Moomins and the Great Flood (1945) through to the last wistful Moomin tale, Moominvalley in November (1970). The colourful goings-on and exciting twists of the twelve Moomin books capture the imagination and keep visitors guessing “What happens next?” as they travel from one story to the next.

The atmospheric Moomin Museum beautifully integrates Jansson’s original Moomin illustrations with Tuulikki Pietilä’s three-dimensional tableaux as an immersive, inspirational experience for the visitor. The exhibition’s colour scheme is based on Jansson’s original palette for The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My .

Jansson’s text and illustrations convey a warm message celebrating friendship, community, tolerance and acceptance of difference. Moomintroll’s warm home and family provide a safe haven and cosy place to return after each new adventure. The Moominhouse is therefore the heart and centrepiece of the exhibition.

 

At last they came to a small valley that was more beautiful than any they had seen earlier in the day. And there, in the midst of the meadow, stood a house that almost looked like a stove, very elegant and painted blue.

The Moomins and the Great Flood

Lotta, Mardie and the Lionhearts – Ilon Wikland’s storybook illustrations
4.5.2021–September 2021

The Moomin Museum spring 2021 temporary exhibition invites visitors to the timeless world of Ilon Wikland. Wikland has enjoyed a long career as a children’s storybook illustrator and is particularly known for illustrating Astrid Lindgren books. The Moomin Museum exhibition takes us on an adventure with Mardie, the children of the Noisy Village, little Lotta, Karlsson on the Roof, Brothers Lionheart and other characters from Lindgren books. Wikland’s pen imagined the lush green gardens, colourful wooden houses and lively children in their happy play. The artworks in the exhibition are on loan from Ilon’s Wonderland museum in Haapsalu, Estonia, and is the largest ever seen outside Estonia.