As hard as COVID-19 has been on travelers, imagine how difficult this year has been for businesses and organizations in the travel industry. Those that rely on travelers visiting and spending money — hotels, restaurants, bars, tour guides, and even museums — are all really struggling. No one knows what the travel industry will look like once we’re on the other side of the pandemic, and, of course, we hope for the best with a quick return to a new normal, but we know that the travel industry will see changes for a very long time.
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When you’re thinking of your holiday gift list this year, consider finding unique and personal gifts from one of the many museums and galleries in Europe. You’ll need to plan ahead because shipping will take longer, so start shopping soon for those perfect gifts and stocking stuffers. Museums miss you, Traveler, but you can still support them.
Find Holiday Gift Inspiration
at European Museums & Galleries
THE BRITISH MUSEUM SHOP, LONDON
Water Bottle – Lyon
A stylish reusable water bottle with a watercolor design inspired by hand-painted French silks.
Baroque Pearl Bracelet
A classic beaded bracelet formed of five strands of real pearls. This piece has been designed by Caroline Haelterman for the Real Pearl Company as part of a Museum collection.
Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite
The Vollard Suite is Picasso’s most important group of etchings. Created between 1930 and 1937, a period in which the artist became immersed in sculpture.
A Little Gay History
What was the first chat-up line between men? Who was the first lesbian? And what exactly did Shakespeare think about cross-dressing? A Little Gay History provides an intriguing and valuable insight into the range, diversity, and complexity of same-sex experiences.
The Fuji Wave Mounted Print, Cream
Exclusive to the British Museum, a cream mounted digital print showing the iconic Fuji Wave. Kanagawa-oki Nami Ura or The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai was published in 1831 as the first in his woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.
THE PRADO, MADRID
Print on Demand Arwork
Choose from a variety of works from the Prado’s permanent collection for a custom print.
Goya Drawings – Toiletry Bag
Linen bag that reproduces a detail of the drawing A Way Men Can Fly with Wings.
“The Garden of Earthly Delights” (Earth) Notebook
Notebook with spine which reproduces on its cover a detail of left panel (Paradise) from the work The Garden of Earthly Delights (Hieronymus Bosch, 1490-1500).
The Prado Masterpieces (English)
This coffee table book, published by the Museo del Prado, runs through its permanent collection in chronological order, from the ancient sculptures to the beginning of 20th century.
“Las Meninas” Puzzle
1,000 piece puzzle which reproduces a detail from the painting Las Meninas or The Family of Philip IV (Diego Velázquez, 1656). Exclusively made for the Museo del Prado.
ART HISTORY MUSEUM, VIENNA
Inspired by a golden Byzantine ring made around the 6th or 7th century AD.
Shoulder Bag: Klimt “Nuda Veritas”
Small satin twill shoulder bag with adjustable strap and several inner compartments. Printed with Gustav Klimt’s painting “Nuda Veritas”.
Conversation Pieces – The World of Bruegel
This book presents a three-way conversation about Bruegel’s “Battle Between Carnival and Lent” through realia of his time. 120 pages, numerous illustrations, paperback, English
Notebook size A6 printed with Masterpieces of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. For the cover, choose from six masterpieces in the museum’s collection.
Renaissance Masters Zip Pouches
Set of three zipper pouches with works of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli.
Louvre Bag – Mona Lisa
An original creation by Gangzai for the Louvre, featuring the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
Necklace Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man
The design of this necklace is inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s famous annotated Vitruvian Man drawing. Material:
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting
A landmark exploration of the engaging network of relationships among genre painters of the Dutch Golden Age
The genre painting of the Dutch Golden Age between 1650 and 1675 ranks among the highest pinnacles of Western European art.
Need more inspiration?
FLORENCE, ITALY MUSEUMS
Shop many of the museums in Florence, including the famous Uffizi Gallery, in one place.
MUNICH, GERMANY MUSEUMS
∙ Alte Pinakothek
One of the oldest galleries in the world, housing masterpieces from the 14th to the 18th century.
∙ Deutsches Museum
A massive collection dedicated to science and technology.
(both websites mostly in German)
∙ Dutch National Museum
Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages to the present day.
∙ Van Gogh Museum
Dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries.
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