Finland unveils new Moomin museum

Museum in Tampere contains original Moomin treasures
The family of fairytale characters known as the Moomins will be attracting fans from around the world to a new museum in Tampere.
On the walls and in the display cases, the blob-nosed creatures go about their daily lives gardening and cooking, walking or playing music, coming out of hibernation to greet the spring and tidying their houses as the winter comes closer.
The location of the museum may seem strange, as the Moomins’ creator Tove Jansson was born and died in Helsinki. But Jansson and her family had a one-room wooden summer house there.
The biggest inland city in any Nordic country, Tampere is a post-industrial city being reinvented as a digital start-up centre where old mills are being recycled as shops and museums.
Other attractions include two lakes, an art, music and festival scene and views 134 metres up in Restaurant Näsinneula, which is heavy on foraging and edible flowers.
The Janssons donated their entire Moomin archive including more than 2,000 drawings and watercolours by Tove Jansson to the city. This the only permanent museum in the world dedicated to the Moomins. Located at Tampere Hall, the museum has tickets priced at €12 for adults, half-price for children, and is open daily except Mondays.
The Guardian


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