Merchandising meccas and other commercial curiosities. Our exhibits range from the early 20th to early 21st centuries.
Nearly 150 enclosed shopping arcades were built in Paris between the late 18th and mid-19th centuries. 12 of these survive to this day. Great Britain's first arcade-type structure was completed, in Oxford, in 1774. The concept was also tried successfully in London, Brussels, Naples and Milan, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.