The beloved Moomins have traveled all the way from Tampere to the capitol of the United States.
The exhibition ”Moomin Animations – Thrills and Cuddles” is now in National Children’s Museum in D.C. Prior to this, the exhibition has only been seen in Tampere, Finland.
The exhibition is based on the Moomin books and comics written by Tove Jansson. I’m sure, that many of you have the first book ”The Moomins and the Great Flood” in your bookshelf. It was published in 1945 and followed by “The Magic Hat”, which got translated into Swedish in 1948 and English in 1950.
The beloved Moomin characters made their first TV appearance back in 1959. This German Marionette version was black and white. The first Japanese version was produced in 1969, but only presented there. The other less known versions of the Moomins were done by Russia and Poland during the seventies.
The most known version started playing on TV in 1990: “Tales from Moominvalley”. I can still remember the theme song for the show and it brings back such good childhood memories. This production was done in joint production with Finland, Holland and Japan and by far it has been the most popular one by airing in more than 120 countries.
The exhibition allows you to sit down in front of a TV screen and watch Moomins again, no matter of your age. You can see how they have evolved over the years but never forgetting the core of kindness, equality, and adventures. The exhibition reveals the different techniques making the animations and you’ll also see some of the most iconic images of our most loved Moomins drawn by Tove.
Exhibition dates: 9/3/2021 until 1/9/2022
National Children’s Museum address: 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20004
Museum Hours: Thursday to Sunday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
For more information about the exhibition, reach out directly to the Embassy of Finland in Washington DC: Suvi Järvelä-Hagström, [email protected]