The Luostarinmaki handicrafts museum is a short walk from Turku’s square, across the Aurajoki to the south-east. It’s a steep climb to this formerly-poor district, but the cliff-top location saved it from the Great Fire that consumed the rest of Finland’s former capital. By 1940, it was the city’s last collection of 18th-Century wooden houses. That was the year it was turned into the handicraft museum.
Souvenir shopping can be a hit-and-miss affair sometimes, with the occasional pain of finding out that a trinket was actually made in a Chinese sweatshop. That’s not the case here, however. Goods were made the old-fashioned way in the museum long before the hipsters made it cool. [Read on]