Museum Bookstore | exhibition catalogues and museum 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.  

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. Like the very best days spent at a museum, we want shopping at Museum Bookstore to be enlightening, surprising and enormously good fun.

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 and are constantly adding new books. 

Alongside carrying new books we also host a marketplace for individuals and organisations to sell their second hand and hard-to-find 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.

Museum Bookstore was founded in 2015 by Caroline Keppel-Palmer and is based in London. Caroline spent the last decade working as Managing Director of a design studio where she worked with museums helping to design exhibitions and where she founded Museum Freecycle - a recycling network for UK museums. In her spare time, Caroline can normally be found wandering around a museum 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' - Dr Tehmina Goskar

'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