Museum Bookstore | exhibition catalogues and art books

Museum Bookstore is an online bookstore specialising in exhibition catalogues and books on art for those who love to visit museums and art galleries. We have selected beautiful and inspiring books from exhibitions that we have enjoyed visiting and from those that have caught our eye.  

We believe that museums produce some of the most thought-provoking, informative and beautiful books. However, these books can be heavy to carry and difficult to track down, particularly for past exhibitions. We set up Museum Bookstore for art, fashion and design lovers whether they want to read up on an exhibition they are about to visit; read more about an exhibition being held far afield, revisit an old favourite show or just add another beautiful coffee table book to their collection.  

Exhibition catalogues aplenty!

The convenience of an online store with the warmth and personal touch of a traditional bookstore

All too often shopping for exhibition catalogues online can be bit of a soulless experience. We are working hard to ensure that Museum Bookstore combines the great value and round-the-clock access of the internet with the convenience of home delivery and the warmth, service and personal touch of a specialist bookstore. We ship worldwide and delivery is free on orders over £50.00. We know that it can be hard to find the perfect book or remember the name of a particular book and like nothing better than hearing from our customers and helping them find the right books.

A wide range of exhibition catalogues from museums across the globe

We aim to offer the widest possible range of exhibition catalogues online and have hundreds of current and out of print catalogues for sale from the world-famous museums as well as smaller and lesser-known museums like the Reykjavik Maritime Museum. We are constantly adding new books. Alongside carrying new books we also have a small and growing section of second hand rare and collectible exhibition catalogues.

Whether you are looking to read up on an exhibition before you visit; revisit your favourite exhibitions and museums; explore exciting exhibitions from afar or add another beautiful art book to your library, we have plenty to offer.  

Personal shopping service 

We understand that sometimes it's hard to find that perfect book-shaped present for that special someone or select the perfect addition for your library. In order to help, we recently launched a personal shopping service. We collect information from customers on what they are are looking for and then mail them a selection of recommended books with a 10% discount for those books. The service is free, fun with no obligation to buy and conducted over the wonderful medium that is the internet.

Supporting museums

We support museums in a number of ways:

1) We promote their beautiful publications, shining a light on the wonderful expertise and collections within museums

2) Up to 80% of our sales go back to our museum partners.

3) We provide in-kind support for Museum Freecycle - the online network for UK museums to exchange unwanted goods - which is reducing the environmental impact of museums and saving the sector millions of pounds each year.

Who we are

Caroline Keppel-Palmer, Founder of Museum Bookstore

We know that online shops can feel a bit anonymous, so wanted to introduce ourselves personally. Museum Bookstore was founded in 2015 by Caroline Keppel-Palmer and is based in London. Caroline set up Museum Bookstore following years of being frustrated carrying heavy exhibition books home and struggling to track down catalogues from past exhibitions on line.

Prior to Museum Bookstore, Caroline has worked in politics, on cruise ships (no - not as a crooner!) and most recently as Managing Director of a design studio where she worked with museums helping to design exhibitions. She is founder of Museum Freecycle - a recycling network for UK museums. In her spare time, Caroline can normally be found wandering around a museum, listening to 80s music or with her nose in a good book.

Museum Bookstore press and customer reviews

'combines the flexibility of the internet and the convenience of home delivery with the warmth, character and personal service of a specialist bookstore' - Design Week

'a .. fun place to browse for and buy museum publications' - Museum + Heritage Advisor

'What a fabulous resource! Everyone should visit Museum Bookstore' - Tehmina G

'This is a fab service - sells/finds past exhibition catalogues. For the completists/romantics among you' - Fiona K

'This looks to me like the sort of online bookstore a lot of artists are going to be bookmarking' - Makingamark

'An excellent service and I will be spreading the word.' - Sam C

'Your website's amazing; it's kind of dreamy for me knowing there's an online bookstore dedicated to exhibition catalogues' - Nigel I