Which Minnesota Museum Gift Shops are the Best in the State?

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When you’re looking for a great gift shop, you know that museum gift shops have the best stuff. Whether you want to send someone a souvenir or pick up a local gem for yourself, Minnesota has some amazing museum gift shops stocked with unique goodies that highlight that museum’s niche.

Museum gift shops typically have free admission for you to peruse and purchase a great gift piece of art of souvenir. Here is a look at Minnesota museum gift shops you need to check out.

Minnesota History Center – 345 Kellogg Blvd. West, St. Paul

What better place to start than the state’s history center, you’ll get great local gifts here. You can get fun themed gifts that represent the permanent and revolving exhibits like Weather Permits and Grainland. Midwestern themed gifts and locally crafted wares are what you’ll find here. Check out the genealogy charts offered to map your family’s history.

Mill City Museum – 704 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis

The Mill City Museum has the best kitschy items like aprons, locally made t-shirts and quirky books. You’ll find prints, posters, vintage cookbooks and great retro-50’s themed items.

The Museum of Russian Art – 5500 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis

The Museum of Russian Art is a great place to get a gift or souvenir. It’s a hidden gem in that it’s a remodeled church. It’s located at a busy intersection off 35W in Minneapolis. Check out the simple but elegant interior in which you’ll see the beautiful Russian art and then make your way to the gift shop found in the upper corner of TMORA.

You can find ornate Russian apparel for kids, custom-blended tea that you can sometimes taste-test, china tea sets and beautiful ornaments at Christmastime.

Also be sure to check out the gift shops of the Science Museum of Minnesota, Fort Snelling, Walker Art Center, Como Zoo and Conservatory as well as the Swedish Institute.

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