The V&A’s gift shop is a mega space full of art, design, homeware and jewellery inspired by the history of decorative arts. The museum itself has 2.3 million objects, so there’s a lot to draw inspiration from. You can find coffee table book companions to the museum’s exhibitions, as well as an impressive selection of modern, photographic and landscape prints. The V&A being the V&A, there are also great tote bags, an array of art books, scarves and floaty fashion pieces, unique accessories and quirky stationery. It’s almost much of a destination as the museum itself.
How many times have you gone to a museum to catch an exhibition, only to fritter away an hour (and a good few bank notes) at the gift shop instead? Hey, don’t blame yourself, blame the irresistible spread of greeting cards, jewellery and homeware at the V&A shop, or the Design Museum’s devilishly enticing stationery selection.
Best of all, you can kid yourself that you’re having a culturally enriching afternoon when really, you’re making a dent in your Christmas shopping. Win-win, eh? From kid-friendly Science Museum silliness to beautiful books at The British Library, no excuse is necessary to visit these superb gallery and museum gift shops.
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