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Hovering, Dreaming, Living – Tove Jansson’s Moomin Stories

A Finland Institute circulating exhibition:
Opening on Sunday, November 17 at 11:30 a.m

t is a lovable, eerie, and exciting world, Jannson writes in The Moomins and the Great Flood which was first published in 1945. This winter, our museum’s join-in exhibition lets you immerse into the wonderful world of the Moomintrolls.

The Moomins live in the idyllic Moominvalley somewhere in Finland. In their stories, they encounter many adventures and misadventures but always manage to return safely to their valley. There, an atmosphere of mutual tolerance predominates: Emotions, friendship, freedom, and happiness, but also fear and loneliness loom large.

What can you expect?

At the center of the exhibition, there is a walk-in Moomin house for children. Around the house, pictures and figurines illustrate a Moomin family’s life. A hand puppet theatre, a Moomin adventure boat, figurines as well as a reading and painting corner invite our guests to actively experience the stories and browse through the many exhibits.

Children can feel and touch the Moomin figurines, accessories, and relief pictures so that young children and people with visual impairments can experience the various features and qualities of the characters.

© Moomin Characters

The Augsburger Puppenkiste Moomins

In 1959/60, the Ausburger Puppenkiste marionette theater produced “Geschichten der Muminfamilie” (Tales of the Moomin Family) as a puppet theatre play which was also featured on television. During the exhibition, the puppets from the Augsburger Puppenkiste are shown at the Lübeck Museum of Theatre Puppets. Learn more about the Augsburger Puppenkiste

Tove Jansson

The Swedish-speaking Finnish author Tove Jansson (1914-2001) invented the hippopotamus-like troll-creatures. Between 1945 and 1970, she wrote a total of nine Moomin books. Her stories of the lovable and humorous characters are highly popular around the globe and have been translated in more than 30 languages making Tove Jansson one of the best know Scandinavian writers.

Reading of one of Tove Jansson’s Moomin Stories

Moomin, Moominpappa, Moominmamma, Sniff, the Snork Maiden and Little My are little trolls who experience many adventures but otherwise live happily in the idyllic Moominvalley. In Scandinavia, every child knows their stories; here, however, there are many who have not heard about the Moomins yet. We think that anyone should get to know theses little trolls and therefore, the Lübeck Museum of Theatre Puppets invites you for a 60-minute reading of Tove Jansson’s Nordic troll stories.

The dates for the readings are
December 7, December 12, and December 21 at 4 p.m.

The readings wil be held in cooperation with the Deutsch-Finnische Gesellschaft Nord e.V. and will be in German.

The opening hours of the moomin exhibition are:

Friday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Special hours for school classes and KiTa-Groups/Daycares can be arranged.

The opening hours for our permanent exhibitions are Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m..

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Figurentheater & Museum

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Figurentheater & Museum

Beckergrube 38-52
23552 Lübeck

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Kirchhof St. Petri
23552 Lübeck

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Geschäftsführende Museumsdirektorin

Dr. Antonia Napp


Stephan Schlafke


Charlotta Becker