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TOP 5 museum shops in Tallinn

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By Jae Jensen  •  13.05.2019

With so many world-class galleries, exhibition spaces and institutions in close proximity to each other, Tallinn is a museum-hopper’s paradise. If you happen to be visiting on May 18, then you’re in even more luck. It’s Museum Night, and dozens of museums will be open extra late and for free! 

Take full advantage of the event by visiting several museums, but if the queue looks a bit too long somewhere, don’t leave before checking out the museum shop! These can be the best places to buy authentic, locally-made souvenirs and gifts. Outside of Museum Night, these shops are open year-round to the public with no tickets required.


Estonian Open Air Museum

Located at the entrance to the ‘village’ of old houses and structures that make up the Estonian Open Air Museum, the shop sells authentic handicrafts made by local artisans. This is a prime place to buy traditional apparel, knit lace, ceramic crockery, juniper utensils, sweets, herbal teas, folk music CDs and wooden sauna accessories. The museum’s small satellite shop and café in the Old Town (Pikk 2) is also worth a visit if you can't make it out to Rocca Al Mare.

Tallinn TV Tower

This museum – and its shop – is one you’ll spot from kilometres away. At the foot of the tower, among accessories and home goods, you can browse special souvenirs featuring the TV Tower’s mascot, a cute alien named ETI. You can even pick up an ETI shirt similar to the one Brian May of Queen sported during a 2016 concert in Tallinn. The award-winning, interactive book 314 Metres of Freedom, which illustrates the TV Tower’s role in Estonia’s restoration of independence, is also available for purchase.

Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

Unlike most museums, here you can take pieces from the exhibits home with you. The museum focuses on contemporary Estonian design from the 20th and 21st centuries, including glassware, ceramics and furniture, some of which is also for sale in the shop. You can buy practical items like milk pitchers (fun fact: milk is sold in bags in Estonia) all the way on up to fine jewellery. 

Seaplane Harbour

There is plenty to experience at the Seaplane Harbour without having to buy a ticket. The museum’s marina, where the icebreaker Suur Tõll is docked, is open to the public. You can also have a bite to eat at café MARU, which offers views of the former seaplane hangar’s stunning interior architecture. The museum shop is just next to the café and sells attractive and practical nautical gifts including striped shirts, model ships and lighthouses, glass fishing floats, toys and other souvenirs. 

Bonus tips

If you’re looking for gifts for children, stop by the enchanting NUKU puppet theatre and museum for handmade dolls, toys, 3D wooden puzzles and more. Visitors of all ages will also love the Estonian History Museum’s Maarjamäe Palace with its interactive exhibits, playground and shop selling history-related books, toys and souvenirs. Finally, if you find yourself near the Freedom Square, check out the shop at Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom. Make a pit stop on your sightseeing adventures to buy some educational books or games and to relax at the cosy café. 

All of the museums mentioned above (plus public transport and many other attractions) are free with Tallinn Card

Happy museum-hopping! 

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