Montréal’s museum boutiques

© Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Christine Guest - Montréal Museum of Fine Arts / Boutique and Bookst© Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal - Musée d'art contemporain / Boutique© Jardin botanique de Montréal-Lise Servant - Montréal Botanical Garden / Gift Shop

© Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Christine Guest - Montréal Museum of Fine Arts / Boutique and Bookst

December 6, 2010 - If you think that Montréal’s museum boutiques are full of miniature plastic mummy cases and kitschy “I love Montréal” key chains, think again. As a matter of fact, the city’s temples of culture offer plenty of gift-giving inspiration.

At the Boutique of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, you’ll find colourful Miró serving trays, sexy rhinestone reading glasses, earthenware lovebirds crafted by France Fauteux or silk ties patterned after Native American art.

Over at the Musée d’art contemporain, the original and ultra-practical bags by Atelier Scrap (made and manufactured in Québec) share shelf space with wireless mouses made from sculpted wood, ultra-stylish bookends or fabulous Icarus or Garland lamps fashioned from plastic or metal.

And while archaeology may be about remains, there’s nothing even remotely archaic about what’s stocked at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum boutique, whether it’s cheeseboards made from exotic woods or contemporary reproductions of works from exhibitions.

or another taste of the exotic, check out the Montréal Botanical Garden Gift Shop or the Chinese Garden gift. The first offers a wide range of hard-to-find plants and books on landscaping, while the second showcases an array of decorative Asian objects.

A combination boutique and art gallery, Espace PEpin in Old Montréal treats guests to an impressive collection of acrylic canvasses by artist-owner Lysanne Pepin and, for smaller budgets, a vast choice of cards, posters and T-shirts showcasing her reproductions.

For the very best in out-of-the ordinary gifts, Montréal’s museum boutiques reveal a treasure trove of ideas.