What makes a good museum and gallery shop?

While funky jewellery and creative home decor are cool, what’s better are products with deep local engagement that create one-of-a-kind memories.

Museum and gallery shops have become an integral part of the visitor experience, and a place to scout out fun and creative gifts which are perfect for the holiday season.

Yet, there is the feeling that such gift shops are becoming increasingly generic, filled with an array of funky jewellery, cool whisky glasses and printed tea towels in addition to ubiquitous art books and exhibition publications.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.