Some of Britain’s best museums have some top-class shops attached, selling all kinds of tempting things – here are a few of our favourites and our pick of their gift ideas…
Victoria & Albert Museum
The iconic V&A is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance and its wide-ranging shop is inspired by the collections in the gallery, from fashion and jewellery to books and homeware.
Arts & Crafts Mini Wall Calendar 2022, £5
Art Deco Leather Cross-body Bag, £135
V&A Italian Hot Chocolate, £10
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, £9.99
Silver Watch Cufflinks by Oli & J, £100
Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy is a historic institution that champions art and artists and promotes the appreciation, understanding and practice of art. Its shop is full of gorgeous products to tempt arts lovers of all ages and tastes.
Artsy Cats 500-Piece Puzzle, £12.99
Love Gloves Fless Blue, £40
Cosmos Mobile, £18
Candle Holder Blush Ceramic, £20
Brooch Navy & White Dragonfly, £55
The British Museum
With a permanent collection of around eight million works, the contents of The British Museum covers huge swathes of human culture, history and geography. Members receive a 10 per cent discount from the shop, which is filled with great gift ideas…
Magnifying Glass with Stand, £150
Chinese Calligraphy Set, £40
Rosetta Stone Notebook, £11.99
Bastet Cat Soft Toy, £18.99
Angel Gabriel Stained Glass Roundel Large, £22.99
The network of four galleries that make up the Tate house a vast collection of art, with a mission to ‘increase the public’s enjoyment and understanding of British art from the 16th century to the present day and of international modern and contemporary art’. The books, prints and gifts in its shops reflect and support this aim and offer something for everyone.
Tate Desk Diary 2022, £12.95
How the Stars Came to be Children’s Tote Bag, £15
Olafur Eliasson Little Sun Lamp, £30
Yayoi Kusama Late Night Chat is Filled With Dreams Mug Set, £52
Joan Miró Gold Star Stud Earrings, £34
The National Gallery
Its building is an instantly recognisable landmark of central London, presiding over Trafalgar Square. Inside, The National Gallery houses more than 2,300 paintings that date from medieval times to the 1900s, and its shop is a treasure trove of beautiful cards, gifts, accessories and more…
Illustrated National Gallery Advent Calendar, £8.50
100 Great Paintings Book, £24.99
The Water-Lily Pond Silk Tie, £35
Orpheus Silk Scarf, £65
The National Gallery Top Trumps, £5.99
The National Trust
The renowned organisation for heritage conservation has a huge collection of properties under its charge, and its shops are always filled with tempting products, which can also be bought via its online store. Most items are inspired by heritage and the natural world, in keeping with the underlying ethos of the National Trust.
NT Blue Spruce and Frosted Pine Fragranced Boxed Candle, £18
Felt Woodland Critter Decorations in Egg Box, £20
Taste of Christmas Hamper, £40
The Cottage Garden Den Kit, £45
NT Recycled Woollen Rug, £20
Royal Opera House
Culture vultures and fans of the arts will love the Royal Opera House shop, which sells prints, homeware, clothing, gifts, accessories, toys and more – all inspired by the Opera House’s raison d’être: opera, ballet and performing arts.
Create Your Own Theatre, £12.50
Penguin in Tutu Decoration, £8.95
Insulated Copper Tumbler, £25
Royal Ballet Lambswool Leg warmers, £58
Musical Nutcracker Christmas Tree, £34.95
Dedicated to contemporary design in every form, the Design Museum is based in Kensington. Its collection, as well as its variety of events and exhibitions, invite visitors to experience and reflect on the impact of design, from architecture and fashion to graphics, product and industrial design.
Box of Crayons Christmas Ornament, £12
M37 PreciDrive Wristwatch, £325
Avocado Vase, £36
Encyclopedia of Rainbows Notebook Collection, £10.99
My Butter Knife Whittling Kit, £17
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Beautiful countryside, sculptures and interesting exhibitions, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is located a short distance from Wakefield. Their shop offers some lovely gifts, including homeware, artwork, puzzles and their own alcohol.