Museum Shop B34 and Suomenlinna Centre Shop
Souvenirs of Suomenlinna
Museum Shop B34 is located near the historical castle Courtyard in the centre of the fortress on Susisaari.
The Museum Shop proposes literature about Suomenlinna in various languages, as well as souvenirs such as posters, tin soldiers modeling 18th and 19th century Swedish and Russian troops with their canons and beautiful glass ware. In the Museum Shop B34 you can also find Suomenlinna and Helsinki themed souvenirs and textiles for both adults and children.
Charming Museum Shop in Suomenlinna
The Museum Shop is located in an old log building which was constructed in 1876 and was used during the Russian era as storage for the fortress artillery’s housekeeping materials. The buildings ochre colouring and window shutters are very typical of the buildings from the Russian era.
As the building was used as the horses’ fodder storage in the beginning of the Finnish independency, the local inhabitants called it the ”oats-storage”. Horse stables were located in the next door building as even in a maritime fortress horses played an important role: officers rode them and others were involved in the heavy building work. During the decades both Russian and Finnish soldiers have carved their initials into the wooden walls of the Museum Shop building.
Today the building houses two separate shops: Suomenlinna Artisans Shop, in which local arts and crafts are sold, and the Museum Shop B34 maintained by the Ehrensvärd Society. The old log house is not insulated and so the shop is only open during the warmer summer months.
1st June – 14th August Mon-Sun 10 – 16:30
The Suomenlinna Centre Shop
The Suomenlinna Centre welcomes visitors all year round. From the Suomenlinna Centre start the regular guided tours and the Suomenlinna Museum provides interesting facts about the fortress as well as a wide screen presentation about the history of the fortress which is shown every half hour all year round.
The shop at Suomenlinna Centre offers souvenirs from Suomenlinna as well as literature and postcards. In the shops small cafeteria visitors can enjoy a cup of warm coffee also in the wintertime.