Museum shops offer unusual, sale items for gift-giving

December 19, 2008 9:38:37 AM PST
If you want to avoid shopping crowds and you're looking for unusual gifts, check out the shops at local museums.

The shops at the Philadelphia Museum of Art have a number of items on sale, including coffee table books for up to 90% off, and deals on jewelry and souvenirs from past exhibits. Here's the link for The Philadelphia Museum of Art stores.

The Shop at the Please Touch Museum doesn't have a lot of clearance items, because it's so new, but the Museum is offering a deal on memberships. If you buy at family membership between now and the end of the year, you'll get 15 months for the price of 12. Membership for a family of four (including 8 carousel rides) costs $130. Membership for a family of six (including 12 carousel rides) costs $150. And there's a premier membership that also gets you into other museums nationwide for $200. Members also get 10% off the museum's cafe, gift shop and birthday parties. Regular admission to the museum is $15, so the family memberships will pay off if you go twice a year and ride the carousel. Here's the link for The Please Touch Museum.

The store at the Moore College of Art also has some good deals on original artworks by students and alumni. Hand-made glass and metal-wire ornaments are priced at $10 to $20. There are also handbags, broaches, journals and blank books with fabric covers all priced from $9 -$12. Plus, if your purchase totals $50 or more, you can take 10% off. Here's the link to The Art Shop at Moore.

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