Follow the Moomin trail in Finland

Follow the Moomin trail in Finland

Here are five must-visit places around Finland to get your Moomin fix.

The new Moomin Museum opens on June 17 in Tampere Hall. Maintained by the Tampere Art Museum, the new premises display a unique collection of Tove Jansson’s original Moomin artwork including hundreds of her beloved illustrations and striking three-dimensional tableaux by her partner Tuulikki Pietilä. The museum will also have a restaurant, a Moomin library, and a shop selling plenty of Moomin products.

Mumin Kaffe is a new chain of coffee shops created especially for children. The cosy cafés offer plenty of Moomin books, toys, and other playthings to keep kids occupied while parents enjoy a bite to eat. The first Mumin Kaffe opened in Helsinki last November and the concept is fast spreading across the city and abroad.

Tove Jansson’s home island, Klovharun, is where many of her iconic works were conceived. Located in the Pellinki archipelago near Porvoo, the small, rocky island is where Jansson spent summers with her partner Tuulikki Pietilä for nearly 30 years. Guided tours are organised during the summer season.

Photo by Johan Andersson

The Tove Jansson gallery at Helsinki Art Museum (HAM) is a permanent display dedicated to the multi-disciplinary artist. The collection includes some of her most important works; the frescos Party in the City and Party in the Countryside, the oil painting Before the Masquerade and sketches for the murals at Aurora Children’s Hospital. Guided tours are available on Saturdays.

Moomins at the Theatre is an exhibition displaying Tove Jansson’s Moomins and other theatre works at Helsinki’s Theatre Museum. The exhibits include costumes and stage sets for a play that was written and designed by Jansson and first presented in 1949 at the Swedish Theatre in Helsinki. Other artworks, original costume sketches and photos are also featured. The exhibition runs until summer 2017.

Events and dates subject to change.

Text by Laura Iisalo Photo by Helsinki Art Museum

This article is published in the February 2017 issue of Blue Wings.