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.
Did you know that the original prototypes of the Moomins were strange, black creatures that appeared in Jansson’s paintings and the satirical cartoon figures she drew during the war for the political periodical Garm? The exhibition introduces the early proto-versions of the Moomins as well as Jansson’s first Moomin comic strips, sketches and book covers custom-designed for specific language editions around the world.
Other highlights include the first Moomin souvenirs and three-dimensional figures from the 1950s. Also don’t miss the documentary about Jansson and the Moomins.