In addition to exciting exhibitions and activities, many museums in Tallinn have unique and varied shops. If you are looking for special and extraordinary gifts, the museum shops are the right place!
Here you will find the seven most interesting and unique museum shops in Tallinn.
For art and design lovers
Kumu Art Museum shop
Next to the Kadriorg Park is a true art mecca – Kumu Art Museum with the largest and richest art collection in Estonia. Kumu is worth visiting just for its complex, which is renowned as a masterpiece of modern architecture. The building is also home to the Kumu shop, which offers a wide variety of reproductions and art albums. Estonian art has made its way onto many products, including cups and thermoses, scarves and T-shirts, bags and household linen, stationery and jewellery.
Telliskivi Creative City, one of the most bohemian places in Tallinn, is home to the world class photographic art centre Fotografiska Tallinn. There is no permanent exhibition in Fotografiska. Instead, the exhibitions change regularly. In addition to a cosy café, the first floor houses the museum shop, which offers an extensive selection of poster prints, photobooks compiled based on the exhibitions, T-shirts with messages, stationery and cool smaller gifts.
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design shop
On Lai Street in Tallinn Old Town, a street full of museums, lies a medieval building with a cosy courtyard which is home to the most outstanding design and applied art in Estonia. The museum exhibits the works of Estonian jewellery, textile, metal and glass artists and designers from the 20th century to today. Next to the register is a small but interesting shop offering works by Estonian designers. Here you can find unique jewellery and applied art, design books and unique postcards.
A visit to Proto invites you to a fantasy world reminiscent of Jules Verne, allowing you to experience inventions from a century ago through virtual reality. Of course, the Proto Invention Factory shop offers the opportunity to develop your creativity and intelligence – the shop offers science experiments, handicrafts, puzzle sets, construction sets and robots for inventors of all ages.
Energy Discovery Centre shop
Located in a 100-year-old power plant, the Energy Discovery Centre is home to lightning shows unique in Northern Europe, static electricity demonstrations, more than a hundred hands-on exhibitions as well as planetarium films. The science shop on the entry floor of the Discovery Centre offers educational toys, science experiments, sun puzzles, planet slime and plasma balls for little scientists.
For those who appreciate authentic Estonian handicrafts
Estonian Open Air Museum shop
The best place to buy authentic Estonian handicrafts is from the roots of Estonia! The authentic and adventurous Estonian Open Air Museum tells the story of Estonians’ past and traditions. At the gate of the museum is a handicraft shop that offers the most warm and cosy gifts made by Estonia’s best craftsmen: shoes and wool stockings and socks, plaid and rag carpets, herbal teas, honey and eco sweets, sauna goods, puppets and wooden toys and, of course, handicraft books and supplies.
The Seaplane Harbour is home to one of the fanciest maritime museums in Northern Europe. Here you can see the real submarine Lembit, the hundred-year-old steam-powered icebreaker Suur Tõll and many other life-size exhibits. The architecturally unique building – a former seaplane hangar – is itself a marvel. Of course, the Seaplane Harbour shop is a paradise for maritime fans: the shop offers a selection of bottled and plain ship models, seaman’s hats and striped shirts, towels and fish-shaped pillows, fish snacks and thematic jewellery.
The Tallinn Card offers the following opportunities:
to visit around 50 museums and sights
to use free public transportation
to receive discounts on tours and in restaurants, cafés and shops
A beautifully gift-wrapped Tallinn Card can be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre in the Old Town. The recipient of the gift can choose when to visit Tallinn for themselves – the Tallinn Card is valid for a year from the date of purchase.