Record attendance for Tove Jansson exhibition

More than 280,000 museum goers have visited the Tove Jansson centenary exhibition making it one of the top draws in the history of Helsinki's Ateneum Art Museum.

Ihmiset jonottivat Ateneumin Tove Jansson -näyttelyyn 6. syyskuuta 2014. Image: Kari Nihti / Yle

Tove Jansson was the creator of the loveable Moomins and their stories, which were immortalised in animated cartoons and children's books that went on to be published around the world. In addition to the Moomins, which started out as comic strip commissioned by the Associated Press in the 1940s, Jansson (1914-2001) was an accomplished visual artist and writer.

In the lead up to the final week of the major centenary exhibition simply titled "Tove Jansson," people have been lining up for a chance to see the retrospective. Ateneum Art Museum's record of more than 5,000 visitors a day has been broken several times.

Nonetheless, the total number of visitors - more than 280,000 - has not managed to break the record set in 2009-2010 when a major exhibition of Picasso's work drew 314,755 museum goers.

Sunday marks the final opening day of "Tove Jansson."