Moomins have always been a bit of a mystery to us – creatures that we’ve admired from afar but never properly embraced, until now. When I saw the installation Adventures in Moominland at Southbank Centre, London I knew we had to go along and I couldn’t have been happier – it’s opened up a new world to us, a wonderful, quirky world of Moomins and their beautiful sounding creator Tove Jansson.
The Moomins are odd-shaped creatures that have magical journeys and adventures with a host of friends and characters along for the ride. With Sniff, Snufkin, Little My and all the Moomin family, their world is one of strange and magical happenings in Moominvalley.
Adventures in Moominland, until 20th August at Southbank, takes you on an immersive fantastical journey into the world of the Moomins themselves. As you explore this guided exhibition you find yourself in Moominvalley with a small group of other visitors, stepping through forests, wading through snow, huddled in caves and tents and even setting sail on the sea.
It is an incredibly effective experience, stepping through the pages and stories of the Moomins, through hidden doors and never really knowing where we will be going next on your journey to discover where the Moomins have gone.
Along the way we came across the original Moomin illustrations by their creator Tove Jansson hidden in suitcases, or part of the exhibition space. We stopped to hear excerpts from the books being played out – read by Sandi Toksvig along with the sounds of the sea and forests creating a wonderful ‘Moomin’ atmosphere.
My children have watched a few of the Moomin animations and we have read a little of the stories so they were really inspired to explore their world more. Our little group of about 15 included children of all ages and even two adults there without kids.
We loved spending time in this curious and eccentric world and we cannot wait to find out more about Moomintroll and his adventures. You can discover more about Adventures in Moominland, at London’s Southbank Centre at their website.
We were guests of Adventures in Moominland for the purposes of this review, but our views are our own.