Visiting Exhibit Hall

visiting exhibit hall

The Visiting Exhibit Hall serves as a space to showcase some of the world’s most innovative and engaging traveling exhibits, designed especially for children, ensuring that the Museum is constantly reflecting the world around us.

current exhibit

Moomin Animations – Thrills and Cuddles

September 3, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Don’t miss the magic of Moominvalley in the Museum! Whether this is your first time meeting the Moomins, or you’re a long-time Moomin fan, this fall you can visit Moomin Animations – Thrills and Cuddles to learn how the Finnish author Tove Jansson’s beloved Moomin books are brought to life using animation! You can enjoy Moomin animations from different eras and parts of the world, from the very first Moomin film to premiere on TV to the most recent, award-winning 3D animation series, Moominvalley. Along the way, you’ll explore the universal values of the Moomins, such as equality, inclusion, kindness, and respect for nature.

recommended for ages 3-10

adults (age 18+) must be accompanied by a child (age 0-12); please email us to inquire about adult-only tickets

The exhibition is co-produced by the Moomin Museum, the Embassy of Finland in Washington, DC, National Children’s Museum, Gutsy Animations Ltd and Moomin Characters Ltd. The exhibition is supported by Finarte and Lovi Ltd.

exhibit experiences

icon wall

Tove Jansson’s Moomin illustrations and stills from the Moomin animations show, how different and similar interpretations can be from the original. 

Moomin values + messages of kindness

Explore the Moomins’ universal values, such as respect for nature, equality, freedom and kindness. Leave your own Message of Kindness to a tree.


Five screens show Moomin episodes from different eras and parts of the world. Children can see how the animation has changed over time!

selfie station

Commemorate your exhibit visit with a selfie in front of Moominhouse with Moomintroll and Little My!

Moominmamma’s mural

Leave your mark on the exhibit by coloring atop a dry-erase Moominmamma’s mural. Let’s see what kind of mural we can create together!

where is this exhibit located?

The Visiting Exhibits Hall is located on Floor 1, one level down from the main entrance, next to the Tinkerers Studio.


25 September
10:30 am

Moomin Animations: Thrills + Cuddles – Who is Moomintroll?

16 October
10:30 am

Moomin Animations: Thrills + Cuddles – The Animation Behind Moominvalley

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ongoing pop-up programs

At special times, the Museum will host two pop-up programs within the Visiting Exhibit Hall:

Moomin Dance Party: Let’s move and groove to some of Moominvalley series’ greatest hits! Music videos will play while kiddos have the chance to show off their best dance moves.

Invisible Child Storytime, read by Sophia Jansson: Join us for a special storytime where Tove Jansson’s niece reads Tove’s heartwarming short story, “Invisible Child.” Isolated Ninny is helped to regain her voice and take her rightful place in the world, when she is welcomed into the Moomin family and treated with equality and respect. In this story, children will learn more about the important traits of empathy, inclusiveness, and kindness.

past exhibits

From January to September of 2020, the Visiting Exhibits Hall featured Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego: Let’s Explore! The interactive exhibit for preschoolers was presented in Spanish and English and was sponsored by PNC.