Visiting Finland and Helsinki this summer? In Finland you can find Moomins almost everywhere. Only in Helsinki area, there are three official Moomin Shops and five Mumin Kaffe Moomin Cafés as well as a beautiful Moomin pop-up store in the department store Stockmann. Grocery stores and gift shops sell a large variety of Moomin products and museums exhibit Tove Jansson and Moomins. Here are our best tips for the Moominous days in Helsinki.
Helsinki Tourist Information:
Start your day by popping in the Helsinki Tourist Information in Pohjoisesplanadi 19 to see the gorgeously decorated Moomin windows and to get your own copy of the Moomin-themed Helsinki city map! Besides Moominous tips, the Helsinki Tourist Information offers you also information about the city and its sights, events and services.
With an extreme Moomin experience the staff at the Moomin Shops in Helsinki help Moomin fans to find the right products and gifts for every occasion. Consisting of over thousand Moomin products from dozens of Moomin licensees, the assortments at the Moomin Shops face the requirements of every shopper. Whether the Moomin lover is an adult or child, there is something for everyone!
And – you can get the Moomin-themed Helsinki City maps also from the shops!
Mumin Kaffe cafés:
Mumin Kaffe’s unique concept combines well known Moomin brand with the Scandinavian design and the service concept where children are the priority. Mumin Kaffe cafés are open everyday!
Moomin pop-up at department store Stockmann:
The gorgeous Moomin pop-up store is designed and executed together with the Moomin licensees Arabia, Fazer, and Finlayson and it will serve customers until the end of August.
Tove Jansson gallery at HAM, Helsinki Art Museum:
Finland’s first permanent gallery dedicated to the art of Tove Jansson showcases works related to the life of Finland’s most internationally renowned artist of many talents. The exhibition presents, for example, two of Tove Jansson’s most important works, the frescos Party in the City and Party in the Countryside, as well as the sketches made for the murals in the Aurora Children’s Hospital.
Tove Jansson: Party in the City
Photo: Helsinki Art Museum, Maija Toivanen
HAM, Helsinki Art Museum
Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8
‘Moomins at the theatre’ exhibition at Theatre Museum:
The exhibition ‘Moomins at the theatre’ is about theatre performances of Moomins as well as Tove Jansson’s other theatre works. Exhibition in Helsinki will be open until 17th September.
The beautiful sculptures of Tove Jansson:
Discover Helsinki with all the lovely sculptures by Tove Jansson‘s father Viktor Jansson. Tove has acted as a model for several sculptures in the centre of Helsinki.
See the all sculptures and their locations from our previous blog post by clicking here.
Tove Jansson Park:
The park of Tove Jansson’s childhood scenery was renamed after her in 2014, marking her 100th birthday. The Jansson family lived just a stone’s throw away from the park, at Luotsikatu 4, in the years 1914-1933. Passersby can spot the building by a commemorative plaque on the wall of the building.
‘Tove and the Sea’ exhibition at Söderskär Lighthouse:
‘Tove and the Sea’ exhibition at Söderskär Lighthouse in the Porvoo Archipelago presents illustrations never exhibited before. The exhibition is showcasing photographs of Tove Jansson’s life in the archipelago, as well as illustrations from the book Moominpappa at sea. For the first time ever, the exhibition also introduces several amazing illustrations from the logbooks Tove illustrated in her youth. Read more about the exhibition by clicking here.
The island’s renewed lighthouse, the ‘Tove and the Sea’ exhibition, the maritime atmosphere and the beautiful nature can be experienced on daily cruises throughout the summer.
Daily cruises to Söderskär are available from Helsinki and Sipoo.
Info about the cruises by clicking here.