Gift shops are often snubbed as merely an afterthought when comes to famous museums. Typically, the generic hodgepodge of refrigerator magnets, pencils and posters fail to excite visitors in comparison to the artistic, historical, or scientific collections on display for the public. However, the inclusion of exclusive items or gifts sold from around the world can help create a truly memorable experience for museum visitors. What’s more: sales from these goods can support the institution’s work and encourage patrons to engage in philanthropic efforts. Here are some museums with the world’s most forward-thinking gift shops:
Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York City
The gift shop at MAD appeals to visitors by offering uniquely crafted handmade items. There is an excellent assortment ranging from home wares to world-renowned jewelry. A popular stand-out is the North South Bracelets which are constructed using two magnets and allow for the sharing of each half between friends.
National Portrait Gallery (NPG), London
The NPG is a popular choice for those who love literature, history, science and exploration. Strolling around the gallery can feel like a contest which begs the question, “who can recognize the most people and their accomplishments?” Thankfully, the gift shop can provide all the answers you’ll ever need sold in postcard format. These notes are excellent for corresponding with loved ones or simply as gift souvenirs themselves.
The Broad, Los Angles
The striking store nestled in the lobby of The Broad is a fantastic place to begin building an art collection because many of the items sold here were created in collaboration with the artists themselves. Additionally, signed copies of the artist’s books and catalogs are available for purchase at relatively inexpensive prices and provide visitors with a valuable opportunity to learn more about postwar and contemporary art.
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