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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 thing that many of us remember about the Moomin TV series is the mounting sense of suspense and adventure combined with the snug warmth of the Moomin world and the pleasure of sharing cosy moments with family and friends. At the Moomin Museum you can relive those memories by viewing episodes of all animations from the past 60 years. The exhibition also takes a look at how they were produced, including script excerpts, exquisite hand-drawn storyboards, character sketches, digital mock-ups, clay figures and cardboard models. Alongside iconic scenes from the animations, the Moomin Museum will also present original illustrations from its collections.