Exiting through the gift shop is always a pleasure for me, a well curated shop can complement an exhibition or museum.  Recently I have noticed that no self-respecting buyer would consider not stocking a rubber duck.  Not your ordinary yellow kind of a duck, but special wittily customised ducks or Cultural Ducks as I like to call them.

Cultural ducks

These Statue of Liberty Ducks can be found in the shop after the American Dream: Pop to Present at the British Museum.  They nestle next to a rather fine selection of American novels and some stars and stripes shoe laces.Cultural ducks

The National Army Museum has not one but two ducks on offer.   For bathers on manoeuvres there is a camouflaged duck.

Cultural ducks

Or for more formal ablutions maybe a duck in the dress uniform of a guardsman is more appropriate.

Cultural ducks

Finally, looking for the perfect present for the retiring MP in your life, then look no further than the shop at the Palace of Westminster.  What could make for a finer souvenir than a Big Ben duck?

Have you seen any Cultural Ducks in your travels?



  1. Tracey Abrahams
    April 23, 2017 / 12:12 am

    Aparently the Mary Rose exhibition has some fantastic Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII ducks on sale. #mysundayphoto

    • April 23, 2017 / 12:16 am

      Ooh ….. starts to plan jaunt to Portsmouth

  2. April 23, 2017 / 12:17 am

    hehehe! They really made me smile. They are very different. I love the Statue of Liberty one’s x

    • April 23, 2017 / 8:56 am

      Books and quirky earrings used to be my gallery shop quarry, now it will be ducks!

  3. April 23, 2017 / 12:25 am

    There could be a whole trend for alternative rubber ducks based on this!

  4. April 23, 2017 / 12:49 am

    Hahah!! I haven’t really noticed Cultural Ducks before. I’m going to be on the look out and I’ll let you know

    I do love the Statue of Liberty Cultural Duck – great photos!

    • April 23, 2017 / 8:57 am

      Looking forward to seeing your finds

  5. April 23, 2017 / 5:58 am

    Hi Catherine, these ducks are so funny. I don’t think I have ever seen a duck that isn’t your bog standard yellow bath duck.


  6. April 23, 2017 / 6:30 am

    I must confess I have never seen cultural ducks on my travels. You have, nonetheless, managed to photograph an incredibly impressive array of them! #MySundayPhoto

    • April 23, 2017 / 8:59 am

      And so much easier to photograph than the feathered variety!

  7. April 23, 2017 / 7:37 am

    How funny! Are they meant for the bath or just to look at?

  8. April 23, 2017 / 8:06 am

    I love those so much and I now wish I’d got a Scottish one. I’m definitely going to keep an eye out the next time I go anywhere!

    • April 23, 2017 / 9:00 am

      Let me know when you find a Scottish one!

  9. April 23, 2017 / 8:39 am

    Ha ha, I’m glad you noticed these quieky sucks, they have made me laugh 😊

    • April 23, 2017 / 9:02 am

      Keep an eye out for updates 😉

  10. travelingchristie
    April 23, 2017 / 9:04 am

    ha ha they are very cute so I would be tempted x

  11. April 23, 2017 / 9:54 am

    I haven’t seen any cultural ducks on my travels, but I’m going to look for them now because these are fab 🙂

  12. April 23, 2017 / 10:33 am

    These made me laugh! What a brilliant theme. I must admit I’ve never noticed any ducks in museum gift shops, but then they are a lot more serious (and dull) in French (museum) gift shops! #mysundayphoto

    • April 23, 2017 / 10:37 am

      We are off to France next week, so I shall keep an eye ou

  13. April 23, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    Who’d have thought you can get so many different types of duck?! Theses are fab x

  14. April 24, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Well that’s a first for me. Not seen such fancy ducks before. I have a feeling, I’m going to see more of these ducks and their kin on my travels this year. #MMBC

Share your thoughts

Substack sign up

%d bloggers like this: