Nothing is more embarrassing than giving someone a gift they already have. Thankfully, that’s very unlikely to happen when shopping at museums and specialty gift shops that offer truly unique items. Is your friend a Van Gogh fan? There’s an ornament for you at the Carnegie Museum of Art for you. Is your hip mom a Warhol silk screen aficionado? The art books at the Warhol will fuel her imagination. No matter which of these stores you buy from, you’re helping to support the institutions that inspire us 365 days a year…and that’s a gift for us all!
Every time you visit the Carnegie Museum of Art, you probably find yourself wandering into the gift shop, amazed by the aesthetically pleasing products on display. Shop from artist-specific books and wares, Greek head busts to adorn any bookshelf, and plenty of little knick knacks waiting to join your home.
The XPLOR Store is filled with many toys and trinkets for kids and beyond. It’ll have children begging their parents for a new chemistry set or solar system-themed books and decor. You’ll find plenty of educational gifts available for all ages or stuffed animals that any kid would be happy to get.
You won’t find a more adventuresome group of installations than at the Mattress Factory. Their gift shop is just as original. Explore objects inspired by the various exhibitions in the museum, dive into their collection of colorful enamel pins, or grab a Mattress Factory sweatshirt to show your support.
If you’re looking for handcrafted home decor, visit the Westmoreland Museum Shop to bring some personality to your house. Plus, the shop carries other handcrafted beauties like jewelry and greeting cards which will make a memorable gift impression.
Everything you see at the Contemporary Craft Store is created by craft artists from around the country. Choose from handblown glass, heirloom-quality furniture, decorative statement jewelry, and handwoven fiber art.
Pop culture icons populate The Andy Warhol Museum Store. Browse books and accessories based on famous figures from Andy Warhol to David Bowie to Salvador Dali. The shop is a great spot to find something for the art or music lover in your life. Pro tip: their witty sock collection is unparalleled.
What’s on display at The Frick can’t be found anywhere else. The same is true for The Frick Museum Store which echoes the eclectic character of the museum and the city where it sits. Pick up a piece of Pittsburgh with a Mister Rogers mug or send love to friends and family with a stylish floral stationary set.
The Shop at Phipps, inspired by the zillions of plants that reside there, brings botanical information, design, and goodies, into the gift bag! Gift a flourishing house plant to dress up someone’s winter blues. Or if they don’t quite have a green thumb, buy a glass or felt flower that’ll last forever.
Get in touch with your natural side with books on birds, stitched decorative pillows, and plenty of board games. You don’t even have to buy admission to get into the store. It’s a great place to get your holiday shopping to take wing!
Do your little ones love dinosaurs or are they fascinated by gemstones? Let The Carnegie Museum of National History Shop take them on some brainy adventures with real fossils and stones, hands-on activity kits, and plenty of fun learning resources.
One of the biggest pulls of the Zoo Shop is the selection of soft, top quality stuffed animals that children can carry along with them as they visit their favorite IRL animals. But that’s not all they have to offer. Pick out a gift of fine jewelry, comfy zoo apparel, or even a little snow globe that has shows snow falling on the famous zoo.
Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for more ideas to shop local this holiday season.
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