Museums usually happen to have the most beautiful gifts shops in the world. For that reason, I decided to make a nice selection of the best museum gift shops in the world to share with you all that must-visit beauty. I hope you enjoy!
In first place comes the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. The Store at MAD is specialized in handcrafted items. The nicely curated range of scarfs, ceramics, and home wares—like papier-mâché bowls with gold-leaf interiors by Susan Dwyer, as well as elegant cherry wood serving utensils from MoonSpoon—is slightly overshadowed by an exceptional selection of jewelry. Some of the highlights include sporty cufflinks by London-based Robert Tateossian, necklaces and bracelets made from nylon mesh and silver by New York’s Michal Lando, and sculptural glass-bead necklaces made by Australian Gillian Chvat, who has been based at a center for women’s handicrafts in Auroville, India, since 1977. The picture shows Duo Pour Vase by Martha Sturdy.
Secondly, we have National Portrait Gallery in London. Trafalgar Square is home to both Britain’s National Gallery and its National Portrait Gallery. The former is more popular, but the latter is more fun if you happen to be drawn to literature, history, science, and exploration more than fine art. The NPG Shop offers an unparalleled selection of postcards for your holiday correspondence or to be take home to friends. See the stunning Grayson Perry ‘Comfort Blanket’ Blanket that you can find in the store.
Flying again to New York, we have Brooklyn Museum. Judging from the wares stacked on the shelves of the airy Brooklyn Museum Shop, New York City’s most populous borough is best represented by pigeons, water towers, and the Brooklyn Bridge’s famous outline—all available on coasters, magnets, dish towels, and many other objects. While a selection of cookie cutters in shapes from Egyptian and African art—such as ankhs, mummies, and ibises—is available for sale, items representing the museum’s collection specialties are outnumbered by tokens of the borough itself. Well, I think I fell in love with this Brooklyn Bridge Pedestal.
In The Broad, Los Angeles newest museum, features works from Eli and Edythe Broad’s collection of postwar and contemporary art, and has a small but striking store nestled in the lobby. Many of the items available for sale were made in collaboration with the artists themselves—including prints and sculptures direct from their ateliers. For the discerning shopper looking for a unique holiday gift, The Shop at The Broad is filled with one-of-a-kind items inspired by the museum’s architecture and contemporary art collection. Featuring limited edition pieces and products made exclusively for The Broad, The Shop continues to expand its offerings in anticipation of the holidays. See my suggestion: Bib & Sola Glassware.
The last one for today is The Museum of Flight in Seattle. Seattle’s Museum of Flight is an essential destination for anyone interested in aviation and space travel. It’s home to more than 20 aircraft, most of which hang from the ceiling, along with the “Red Barn,” the Boeing Co’s original manufacturing plant, which was floated by river barge to its current location at the museum. In the Museum Store I found this superb and original Airplane Glass Serving Tray.