Given how much our cultural institutions have been suffering financially over 2020, and how much I *love* a good museum gift shop, I’ve been trying to make these online shops my go-to for Christmas and other gift shopping. Places like museums rely on their gift shops for crucial revenue, and with almost no foot traffic this year they need our support more than ever. A few friends have been asking for links, so I’ve included my favourites below. I’d love suggestions to add more.
The Science Museum
Fun & Educational Toys, Gifts & Science Sets | Science Museum Shop
Engage your inner scientist with science-inspired gifts, gadgets, robots, games, puzzles, toys, chemistry sets and more…
Incredible place for older kids’ presents, highly recommend!
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's greatest museum of art and design
Gorgeous jewelry and homeware, and some fab Christmas ornaments.
I especially love the fashion and kids sections, and they do a great line in arty face-masks. Also an excellent book selection.
The William Morris Galley
William Morris Gallery Shop
Due to Covid-related disruption we cannot guarantee Christmas delivery times, especially to our international…
Especially good for small gifts under £5 or £10, stationery and their iconic prints.
The Design Museum
Everything here is beautifully designed, as you’d expect :-). I especially love their Conscious Living range, for gorgeous, eco-friendly presents.
The Postal Museum
The website isn’t the easiest to navigate, but worth persisting as the selection is especially good for younger kids.
The British Library
Superb book curation, as you’d expect, and some wonderful activity kits for children and adults.
The Natural History Museum
Perfect for my dinosaur mad toddler
Jane Austen’s House
Jane Austen's House Museum Shop
Jane Austen's House (Chawton Cottage) in Hampshire, where Jane lived the last 8 years of her life and wrote or revised…
I bought Darcy and Elizabeth Christmas decorations here for my Pride & Prejudice obsessed friend. Great to see the museum shop set up online via a Shopify link a few months ago after having to close due to Covid.
The British Museum
The great dame of British museums. Particularly good selection of men’s gifts.
The Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall Online Shop
Discover our full range of products, featuring exclusive prints, Royal Albert Hall gifts, souvenirs and the…
Smaller selection, but the Christmas decorations and the musical automata kits for older children are well worth a visit.
This is a mostly London focused as that’s where I live, but would love to collate suggestions to support other museums up and down the country, so if there’s a museum you’d like to add to the list, please do let me know in the comments.