Admission with Museum Card

From Toves bookshelf

Moomin Museum, Tampere

  • 21.5.2022–26.3.2023

We know the Moomin books, but what did their writer read?


This exhibition visits the bookshelves of the artist-writer Tove Jansson (1914–2001) and wonders what a private library says about its owner.

Alongside her illustration collection, Tove Jansson donated hundreds of Moomin books to the Tampere Art Museum, including several different language editions. In 1989, Jansson gifted 410 childrens books, research books on literature and illustration to the Childrens Book Institute. This donation also included adventure books belonging to Janssons partner, the artist Tuulikki Pietil (1917–2009).

Jansson read widely. This exhibition picks illustration art, storytelling from different cultures, and childrens book classics from her bookshelves. Myths from folk stories and strange fairytale creatures are woven into fascinating illustrated worlds. Books were important domestic objects, with personal dedications and various ex libris, or bookplates. Among the bookshelves, you can hear echoes from Moominvalley.

A century of book art can be traced in this collection. Developments in printing techniques offered illustrators new forms of expression, and Tove Jansson was a creative pioneer in the field. She created her books as entire works of art as the writer, illustrator and designer.

This exhibition is a collaboration with the Finnish Childrens Book Institute. Operating in Tampere since 1978, it is the expert organisation and the only specialised library for Finnish childrens and youth literature.

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Museum contact details

Moomin Museum
Muumimuseo, Tampere-talo, Yliopistonkatu 55, 33100 Tampere

+358 (0)3 243 4111

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Moomin Museum, Muumimuseo, Tampere-talo, Yliopistonkatu 55, 33100 Tampere


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Admission fees

Admission with Museum Card
Admission with Museum Card

2022: 13 / 6
2023: 14,50 / 7

Payment methods

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Opening hours

Mon Closed
Tue 09:00-17:00
Wed 09:00-17:00
Thu 09:00-19:00
Fri 09:00-19:00
Sat 10:00-17:00
Sun 10:00-17:00

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