Moomin and Tove Jansson exhibitions worldwide

Several new Moomin and Tove Jansson exhibitions will open during 2024 – you'll find the most interesting ones in this article.

You can find some of the Moomin and Tove Jansson exhibitions presented more at length elsewhere on, but below is a summary of exhibitions organised by country. At the bottom of this article, you can see information about previous exhibitions. 

Moomin and Tove Jansson exhibitions in Finland

An Artist’s Life – Tove Jansson – Moomin Museum, Tampere


Tove Jansson is best known for her Moomin characters. The exhibition at the Moomin Museum’s Observatory explores her other works and life, including paintings and illustrations never before seen in public. Tove Jansson was a bold trailblazer in her own right, both as an artist and as a person and woman. Her life was filled with twists and turns, work, relationships, intense emotions, love, and drama.

The exhibition at the Moomin Museum’s Observatory not only delves into Tove Jansson’s diverse artistic career but also explores the stages of her life, relationships, and the associated challenges, joys, and love.

Tove Moomin Museum exhibition

Read more about the exhibition here.

Saariston salainen paratiisi (The Secret Paradise of the Archipelago) – Villa Albert, Porvoo


The painter Albert Edelfelt would have turned 170 years this year and Tove Jansson would have turned  110 years. To celebrate both these anniversaries, Villa Albert, the museum hosted in Edelfelt’s old atelier, exhibits the paintings of Edelfelt and Jansson side by side. Both artists spent their summers in the Porvoo archipelago and works by local artists inspired by the archipelago are also on display. The local artists are Terttu Schroderus-Gustafsson and the deceased artist Lennart Segerståhle.

In addition to the exhibition, a series of talks on Albert Edelfelt and Tove Jansson will be arranged as well as concerts.

Tove Jansson painting Rantahaltija

The exhibition is curated by Hanna Kaarina Syrjäläinen. Read more about the exhibition here (in Finnish and Swedish only).

Tove Jansson – Paradise – Helsinki Art Museum HAM, Helsinki


The monumental exhibition takes an in-depth look at Tove Jansson’s public paintings, through which she shared joy, beauty and windows into magical worlds of storytelling. Tove Jansson – Paradise presents the public paintings of Tove Jansson in unprecedented breadth. HAM’s vaulted halls provide a superb venue for displaying her monumental paintings and their sketches and large-scale studies. The preparatory charcoal studies she drew in actual size are previously unseen by the public, and most of them were unrolled for the very first time for this exhibition.

Filling two floors of the museum, the exhibition’s main focus is on the ambitious commissions that Jansson completed for public venues in the 1940s and 1950s. It introduces her lesser-known mural output in its entirety, from her smaller decorative paintings to her largest monumental frescoes. Jansson’s public paintings provide a glimpse into the boundless depths of her imagination and the idyllic worlds of fantasy that offered the artist an escape from the horrors of war.

Tove Jansson HAM

The exhibition additionally celebrates 80 years of the Moomins. In 2025, eight decades will have passed since the 1945 publication of Småtrollen och den stora översvämningen (The Moomins and the Great Flood). Jansson embedded Moomin characters as her trademark in many of her murals, and some even feature the Moomins as their gleeful main protagonists.

The Paradise exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated eponymous publication providing a comprehensive overview of the artist’s lesser-known mural oeuvre and related preparatory sketches, complete with images of artworks, additional photographs and a separate image appendix. The book was edited by the exhibition’s curator, HAM curator Heli Harni and freelance author Tuija Huovinen.

The exhibition is produced in collaboration with Moomin Characters Ltd. Guided tours, art workshops, and other experiences related to the exhibition will be available for booking before the summer of 2024.

The exhibition is curated by HAM curator Heli Harni. Read more about the exhibition here.

Moomin Ice Cave, Leppävirta

Open every day

Looking for a chance to cool off during hot summer days? Look no further – Moomin Ice Cave at Sport and Spa Hotel Vesileppis in Leppävirta, Finland, offers you a chilly setting with your favourite characters!

Moomin Tove Jansson exhibition Ice Cave


Experience remarkable ice sculptures based on Tove Jansson’s comics, bringing together worldwide pioneers of thematic ice sculpting. The icy fairytale world created in the ski tunnel of Vesileppis offers a jungle-themed experience filled with playful lights and sound.

In the Moomin Ice Cave, scenes from Tove Jansson‘s comic strip Moominvalley Turns Jungle (1956) are at the centre of the experience. Visitors can explore the jungle-themed wonderland, complete with carnivorous plants, wild jungle animals, the Hobgoblin and other traditional Moomin characters.

Moomin Tove Jansson exhibition Ice Cave Vesileppis

The Ice Cave is located 30 meters underground in a skiing arena. The frozen winter wonderland is carved by the best ice sculptors in the world. The temperature in the cave is -3 degrees Celsius all around the year

The exhibition is open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. During the summer months, the entry ticket will also include a hire of winter overalls to make the icy visit more enjoyable.

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Moomin and Tove Jansson exhibitions in Japan

Towel Museum, Shimanami Art Museum, Imabari

A permanent Moomin exhibition opened in May 2023

Imagine 40 meters of soft towels with different Moomin characters – can there be a softer place to land after a long day? Located in Imabari City, in the Ehime Prefecture, the Towel Museum of Shimanami Art Museum focuses on the towel culture of Imabari.

Moomin and Tove Jansson exhibitions Towel Museum

At the end of May, a new permanent exhibition focusing on the Moomins opened at the museum. It introduces 40 different characters from Moominvalley as well as towel versions of some of the most iconic imagery from Tove Jansson’s Moomin picture books.

In addition to various cultural art exhibitions, visitors can also learn about the manufacturing process of towels, from spinning cotton to threads to the weaving of the actual towels.

Moomin and Tove Jansson Towel Museum Japan

One floor of the five-story museum building features walls covered with 1,800 winding threads dyed in the 200 colors featured in the towels on display.

The museum grounds also feature a 33,000 square meter garden where various flowers bloom throughout the year.

Read more about the Towel Museum here.

Moomin and Tove Jansson exhibition at Kokemus exhibition centre, Moominvalley Park, Hanno

Moominvalley Park hosts both a permanent exhibition centre called Kokemus, as well as temporary exhibitions.

Moomin Tove Jansson exhibitions Moominvalley Park

The three-storey exhibition facility Kokemus means “experience” in Finnish. The park interweaves the life of  Tove Jansson and the Moomins. Visitors can enjoy a variety of exhibits, including Japan’s first permanent Moomin exhibition space and an introduction to the world of the novels and picture books. There is also a giant diorama of Moominvalley measuring over 8 metres, which you can see in the image below.

Moomin Tove Jansson exhibitions Moominvalley Park Kokemus

The welcome artwork at the entrance to Kokemus is a reproduction of a fresco by Tove that is over four metres high. Commissioned in 1947 to decorate the restaurant in Helsinki City Hall, the fresco, entitled ‘Party in Countryside’ is now part of the permanent collection of the Helsinki Art Museum.

The park is packed with photo spots that will make you feel like you’ve wandered into the world of the storybooks.

In this video you can experience Kokemus in one minute.

The current temporary exhibition is called Convivial Life at Moomin’s Table – Eating and Sharing Nature’s Bounty. The exhibition presents Moominvalley’s rich culinary culture, centred on food from the bounties of nature from season to season. You can watch a video about the temporary here.

Read more about KOKEMUS here.

Opening dates: Permanent exhibition open around the year

Previous Moomin and Tove Jansson exhibitions

Moomin and Tove Jansson exhibitions in Norway

Tove / Tegnerforbundet – The Norwegian Drawing Center, Oslo


Tove is the first solo exhibition featuring Tove Jansson’s work in Norway. It shows a selection of drawings and paintings, with a focus on Jansson’s self-portraits.

The exhibition at Tegnerforbundet highlights other aspects of Jansson’s work than the Moomin illustrations she became famous for. The images represent family, travel sketches, illustrations, commissions and imaginative doodles. Jansson’s self-portraits are central to the exhibition, showing her diverse palette both in style, form and expression.

Moomin Tove Jansson exhibitions Tove Tegnerförbudet

Family and upbringing were important to Jansson’s work, something that is well visible in the exhibition. Tove Jansson was brought up by two strong artists and it was clear from an early stage that she wanted to become an artist, and a painter first and foremost.

The exhibition includes a work by Jansson’s father Viktor “Faffan” Jansson and drawings by her mother Sige “Ham” Hammarsten-Jansson. These works are portraits of a young Tove Jansson and represent the close-knit Jansson family. They also show how the creative family members mutually influenced and shaped each other. The works in the exhibition reflect on how Jansson interprets and uses the family as a model.

Several self-portraits are included in the exhibition. The earliest, from 1937, shows the artist at 23 years old. In this early phase of her career, the self-portrait was a means of exploring and staging an artistic identity. The final portrait from 1975 is one of Jansson’s last works in oil.

The exhibition is curated by Lene Fjørtoft and Hilde Lunde. Read more about the Tove exhibition here.

Tove exhibition: The Wondrous – Between myth and reality, Lillehammer Kunstmuseum, Lillehammer

13 May–27 August 2023

Tove Jansson is one of the artists featured in the exhibition The Wondrous – Between myth and reality. The exhibition focuses on natural landscapes and mythical creatures of four artists central to Nordic art and culture history. The other artists are Theodor Kittelsen (1857–1914), John Bauer (1882–1918) and Elsa Beskow (1874–1953). 

Moomin Tove Jansson exhibitions Moomin Elsa Beskow
 Elsa Beskow, Tomtebobarnen, from 1910, aquarel on paper

Seeing Jansson’s work alongside Bauer’s and Beskow’s is rewarding, as both inspired her. She has paid homage to them in several of her works, for example, in the images of her picture book The Dangerous Journey and in references to Bauer in Sculptor’s Daughter. In this video about her first picture book The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My, you can see a few images by Elsa Beskow which influenced that book. 

The exhibition The Wondrous explores the artists’ take on natural mysticism and fantasy in nature. The works feature legends, myths, and stories where realistic descriptions have given way to supernatural and magical events.


Moomin Tove Jansson exhibitions John Bauer
Gutten som aldri var redd is a work by John Bauer from 1912. Photo: Cecilia Heisser Nationalmuseum Stockholm

In the exhibition, the iconic works by Kittelsen, Bauer, Beskow and Jansson are set against contemporary art by Ingrid Torvund, Máret Ánne Sara and Astrid Nondal.

Read more about the Lillelhammer exhibition.  

Moomin and Tove Jansson exhibitions in Sweden

At Arm’s Length – Hundred years of Nordic art, Artipelag, Stockholm

March 11, 2023 – October 1, 2023

Three oil paintings by Tove Jansson are featured in the exhibition At Arm’s Length – Hundred years of Nordic art at Artipelag in Stockholm. The group exhibition shows works from the Tangen collection, which is owned and managed by the Norwegian AKO Kunststiftelse.

The collection comprises some 5000 works. 150 artworks from the collection by 40 artists from Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland have been chosen for the exhibition at Artipelag. The curators of the exhibition have wanted to show the common mentality among the Nordic artists. Many of the artists operated, were influenced, and socialized in the European metropolises and not in their home countries.

The works by Tove Jansson featured in the exhibitions are: Hotellrummet from 1938, Kaféinteriör from 1939 and a still life from 1945.

Exhibition showcasing Tove Jansson’s heritage in Finnish children’s literature

Finnish children’s literature is both innovative and vigorous. The touring exhibition “Crossing the Baltic Sea” (En resa över Östersjön) by The Finnish Institute in Stockholm showcases Finnish children’s books and how they build upon the heritage of Tove Jansson and the universe of texts and pictures that she introduced in 1945. The exhibition is combined with pedagogical material in Finnish and Swedish.

Moomin and Tove Jansson Exhibitions in Finland

Moomin games over the decades, Finnish Museum of Games, Vapriikki, Tampere

19 April–1 October 2023

The exhibition Moomin games over the decades introduces visitors to Moomin-themed games made through several decades, ranging from the Moomin board game originally published in the 1950s to modern mobile games.

Moomin Tove Jansson exhibitions Game Museum Tampere

Visitors may remember some of the Moomin games in the exhibition from their own childhood. However, some lesser-known rarities from over the years will also be displayed. There are also examples of bootleg games that have not been officially approved at the time.

Moomin Tove Jansson exhibition Moomin Games over the decades

The exhibition also features newer digital games that are still on the market or that will soon be launched, like Snufkin – the Melody of Moominvalley, which is set to be launched in early 2024.

Many of the games are based on the original books, cartoons or animations, but several of them also contain stories and plot twists created by the game makers themselves. The exhibition is aimed at Moomin fans of all ages.

From Tove’s Bookshelves / Moomin Museum, Tampere, Finland

What did Tove Jansson read, and what books inspired her?
The Moomin Museum in Tampere, Finland, browses through Tove Jansson’s bookshelves, including world literature, children’s books and beautiful illustrations.

The oldest book in the exhibition is from the 1880s, and the newest is from the 1970s. The collection spans almost a century and shows how children’s literature and illustration evolved and how interested Tove Jansson was in following what other children’s authors were doing.

The temporary exhibition, which is open until March 2023, features both books which inspired Tove Jansson and her own books.

Illustration by Tove Jansson for the exhibition From Tove's bookshelf

The exhibition showcases Jansson’s written and sketched dedications to her friends and family. There are many first edition Moomin books with personal inscriptions, for example, the first edition of Comet in Moominland with a personal inscription from Tove to her father. There are also books by other writers, such as Astrid Lindgren, who sent their books to Jansson with inscriptions dedicated to her.

Opening dates: May 21, 2022 – March 12, 2023

Don’t forget to visit the Moomin Museum‘s extensive permanent exhibition about the Moomins, which is a real treasure chest for Moomin fans – featuring among many other things 41 three-dimensional tableaux of events and places in Moominvalley, including a Moominhouse built by Tove Jansson’s partner Tuulikki Pietilä and their friend Pentti Eistola, assisted by Jansson herself. 

Read more about the exhibition here.

Tove Jansson and the Moomins exhibition (Tove Jansson ja Muumit), Jukolanmäen Navetanvintti, Lohtaja, Finland

The exhibition at Jukolanmäen Navetanvintti, Lohtaja will feature Jansson’s paintings, illustrations and cartoons. At the center are the Moomin characters and the process of creating them, but the exhibition is not limited only to them.

Tove Jansson Moomin Exhibition

The exhibition also focuses on the sea as a theme in Jansson’s production and life. Tove Jansson spent almost all her summers in the Pellinge archipelago in the eastern Gulf of Finland, first with her childhood family and later with her life partner, the graphic artist Tuulikki Pietilä. The sea and the archipelago were dear to Jansson and a great source of inspiration, visible throughout her artistic production. In the exhibition, this can be seen through sea-themed Moomin imagery and photos from Jansson’s life in the archipelago. Visitors will also be able to see the documentary Haru – Island of the Solitary, which is based on Pietilä’s 16mm film footage of their summers on the Klovharun Island.

Opening dates: June 29 – August 7th, 2022. 

Tove Jansson exhibition: Tove Jansson and the Sea, Townhall of Hamina, Finland

The historic Town Hall of Hamina hosts an exhibition focusing on sea-themed works by Tove Jansson. The main attractions are two murals, more than 5 meters wide, commissioned by the Town of Hamina for the 300th anniversary of the city back in 1952. One of the paintings depicts the history of the fortress town in hundreds of interesting details, while the other shows the same story on the seafloor, as if in a dream.

Moomin Tove Jansson exhibitions Hamina murals

These large paintings by Tove Jansson, now turning 70 years, will be on display for the first time in an art exhibition for the general public.
The exhibition also features other paintings and drawings by Tove Jansson, emphasizing the artist’s close relationship with the sea. The core of the art exhibition is composed of dozens of works by Tove Jansson from the collections of the artist’s family and Moomin Characters.

Opening dates: 10 June – 13 August 2022


Moomin ABC Exhibition touring different venues in Finland and Sweden

The Moomin ABC exhibition invites children to play with words and to learn about emotions. 

The touring exhibition offers a thrilling introduction to the alphabet and a tour of the magical Moominvalley. Children and adults can get acquainted with the Moomin stories and discuss different emotions such as disappointment, sadness and the desire for adventure. The Moomin ABC Exhibition, first seen in the Helsinki Bookhouse in Helsinki, Finland and at the Eden Project in Cornwall, the UK, is exhibited at several venues in Finland and Sweden during 2022.

Moomin ABC exhibition

The exhibition consists of beautiful and playful Moomin-themed modules children can crawl into and through. There is also a poster exhibition with different letters and stories behind them, combined with a whole adventure filled with thrilling tasks and a set of educational material about emotions. The engaging exhibition invites children to go through different kinds of tasks regarding emotions and letters, described in an instruction book available at the beginning of the exhibition. The Finnish and Swedish versions of the exhibition were created based on the ABC books Mumindalens Alfabet (Swedish) and Onnelliset Aakkoset (Finnish), whereas other language versions are based on the original Moomin stories created by Tove Jansson. You can experience the exhibition at the following venues in 2022, and more are being added.

The City Library, Uuskaarlepyy April 5 – June 22, 2022

City Library, Korsnäs, August 8 – September 30, 2022 

Funnys Äventyr, Malmö, January 1 – September 2, 2022


Moomin Comic Strips Exhibition – the Art of Tove and Lars Jansson, various locations, Japan

Moomin Comic Strips Exhibition – the Art of Tove and Lars Jansson is an exhibition of Moomin material that has never been shown in Japan before.

Moomin comic exhibition Japan

Approximately 280 original comic drawings and sketches are being exhibited at once in a touring exhibition. The exhibition introduces stories that have not been translated into Japanese. The exhibition also highlights unique characters appearing only in the comics. Visitors to the exhibition will also have a unique possibility to purchase limited-edition Moomin products curated only for the exhibition. T-shirts, dishes, bags, keyrings, etc are sold in the shop, accessible with an exhibition ticket only.
Opened in September 2020, the exhibition has been displayed at a total of eleven locations in Japan.

Opening dates: September 2020 – end of September 2022

Moomin and Tove Jansson exhibitions in France

Houses of Tove Jansson, Paris, France

September 29 – October 29, 2023

Houses of Tove Jansson is the first exhibition of its kind and the largest in central Europe and France to explore the prolific life and career of the late Finnish artist and writer Tove Jansson – widely known as the creator of the Moomins. Opening in Paris, France, on September 29 and extending to October 29, the exhibition is curated by The Community, a Parisian art institution, in collaboration with the artist’s estate and Moomin Characters. Houses of Tove Jansson will focus on the major cultural significance and the artistic output of Jansson, shedding light on her life story, literary and artistic work, and highlighting the universal and timeless themes of her oeuvre. For the first time, Jansson’s work will be in dialogue with work by contemporary artists. The other artists on display are Carlotta Bailly-Borg, Anne Bourse, Ida Ekblad, Elmgreen & Dragset, Vidya Gastaldon, Emma Kohlmann and Cerith Wyn Evans.

Houses of Tove Jansson exhibition Paris


Read our articles on about the exhibition and the capsule collection sold there.

Visit the exhibition’s website.

Moomin and Tove Jansson exhibitions in Germany

The Fantastic World of Tove Jansson (Die fantastische Welt der Tove Jansson), Lübeck, Germany

The exhibition shows the creation of the enchanting Moominworld. It spans the painterly oeuvre of Tove Jansson, which has so far been little known in Germany, to her late literature for adults. More than forty top-class loans from Finland are on display. The show takes young and old museum guests on a long journey through the unconventional life and work of Tove Jansson.

Moomin Tove Jansson exhibition Germany

The museum organises many other side events, such as musical Moomin readings where the actor Rainer Rudloff reads stories about the Moomins accompanied by Finnish songs on flute, singing and accordion.

Günter Grass House also offers training for teachers around Tove Jansson, as the exhibition offers numerous starting points for teaching German, art, but also history and ethics. It opens up opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching at primary and secondary level.

During Midsummer on June 25th, a Finnish midsummer festival is taking place in the garden of the Günter Grass house for guests of all ages.

Opening dates: March 27 – September 25, 2022

Tove 22, Brake, Germany

Tove 22 is a multi-facet-festival in northern Germany promoting the Moomins as well as the work, life and values of Tove Jansson. It is initiated as a non-profit cooperation of a literature society, a seafarers museum and a local art school and running for a whole year.

Activities have included an illumination inspired by Moominland Midwinter, on-site lectures and a writing competition at Brake grammar school. An indoor exhibition and an outdoor installation in the seafarers’ museums in Brake were opened on April 24 and runs until September 15. In the exhibition, a presentation on Tove Jansson is supplemented by a collection of rare Moomin souvenirs. Visitors get a fascinating insight into how the Moomins were received in Germany during the last decades. The site also features vintage Moomin marionettes from the Augsburger Puppenkiste, as well as a miniature version of the ABC Module Exhibition.

Moomin Tove Jansson exhibition Germany Brake

Upcoming events include:
June 24 at 15:30, a guided tour “Kunst und Kuchen” with Moomin Aficionado Christian Panse.
June 25 from 10:00-17:00: museums garden: Summer Party-Wimmelfest with Moomin stories, Moomin songs and adventures
August 15 – 19: Children (age 6- 12 years) are invited to encounter “Tales from Moominvalley- The Invisible Child” with artist Stefan Schaffelt
September 17 final presentation of summer workshops
November/December ABC Module Exhibition starting in public library in Brake

The TOVE 22 program is constantly being expanded. Further information about the program can be found here.

Opening dates: Activities all throughout the year 2022

Moomin and Tove Jansson exhibitions in Estonia

Muumit ja meri (The Moomins and the Sea),  Ilon’s Wonderland (Iloni Ihmedemaa), Haapsalu, Estonia

Ilon’s Wonderland is a gallery and theme centre for children and families based on the works of the world-famous illustrator of children’s books – Ilon Wikland. During the summer of 2022, the centre will feature an exhibition about the Moomins and the sea.

The exhibition examines the Moomins’ love for nature and the sea. Jansson’s original illustrations depict the characters embarking on an adventurous voyage and enjoying a picnic on the rocky shores. In Jansson’s stories and illustrations, the wide open sea sparkles far beyond the horizon like an ever-present companion, almost like a book character itself.

Opening dates: May 20th to September 25, 2022