Admission with Museum Card

Tumpkin's Time - poems by Kirsi Kunnas

Moomin Museum, Tampere

  • 29.4.2023–31.3.2024

The exhibition is based on the beloved nursery rhymes authored by the Finnish poet Kirsi Kunnas (1924–2021), who transports the reader to magical worlds of play and imagination.


Merry Tumpkin and his endearing friends are the stars of the Moomin Museums new temporary exhibition, Tumpkins Time. Originally produced by the Pivlehti Newspaper Museum, the exhibition features delightful original illustrations by leading Finnish illustrators. The Moomin Museum now presents the exhibition in the authors hometown, complete with original illustrations.

The nursery rhymes written by Kirsi Kunnas are a national treasure cherished by ever-new generations of readers. Her poetry is laced with brilliant hilarity and frolicking exuberance that delights and comforts the reader or listener. She debuted in 1956 with Tumpkins Fairytale Tree, and her prolific literary output spans many decades all the way to Tumpkins Forest published in 2020.

The exhibition features an experiential adventure designed around Kunnas nursery-rhymes by artist Alexander Reichstein. The centrepiece is a Fairytale Tree with poems inscribed on its leaves, surrounded by animations and audiovisual material presenting the main characters from the nursery rhymes.

The illustrations are inseparable from the text, speaking the same language and providing a fluent accompaniment to the poetry. Over the decades, the nursery rhymes have been illustrated by many artists. Reimagining the beloved poems in new drawings is always a challenge, but the rollicking world created by Kunnas is always open to new interpretations. The Moomin Museum has augmented the existing exhibition with a selection new original illustrations by contemporary artists including Julia Vuori, illustrator of Tumpkins Peppermill and Kristiina Louhi, illustrator of Tumpkins Pouch. Their drawings engage in a dialogue with extensive Tumpkin illustrations by Christel Rnns and Pia Westerholms cat and dog illustrations, rounded by recent interpretations by Silja-Maria Wihersaari.

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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

2023: 14,50 / 7

Payment methods

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

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