#BeAPatron on Sunday, November 29—or any time!

The Barnes Foundation. Photo courtesy of museumstoresunday.org.

Now in its fourth consecutive year, Museum Store Sunday has become an event we look forward to all year long. Museum gift shops around the world join forces to present a one-of-a-kind shopping opportunity. Many participating stores offer discounts on merchandise and museum memberships.

This year, it is more important than ever to support cultural institutions by shopping at museum stores—in person or online. In the lead up to Museum Store Sunday, as well as on the day of November 29, please consider shopping with conscience and purpose by purchasing gifts at museum stores.

Hitchcock Museum Shop. Photo courtesy of Joslyn Art Museum website.

Why Shop at Museum Stores?

Did you know that—just as with the objects in the galleries—the products you find in museum stores are curated? And many items are developed exclusively by the museum. This guarantees that you will find some distinctive and original offerings!

Museum store purchases are a win-win. When you buy gifts at a museum shop, you provide economic sustainability for the museum. You enable the opportunity for cultural engagement in your community. The unique items you find in this environment thrill the recipients. And your purchase also supports your favorite cultural institutions.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco- de Young & Legion of Honor. Photo courtesy of museumstoresunday.org.

Where Can You Find Participating Stores?

Nearly 1,500 museum stores—representing all fifty states, twenty-three countries, and five continents—participate in Museum Store/Shop Sunday (MSS).

The MSS website includes an interactive page to help you locate the museum stores nearest you, and a clickable list of the shops participating online. But please check with the museum store directly to ensure they are open, as a store’s business status and hours can change by the day.

For information about participating stores in the UK/Europe, visit the Museum Shop Sunday website. 

Get Ready for a Unique Shopping Experience!

So this month, treat yourself to the extraordinary shopping experience known in the US as Museum Store Sunday—and in the UK and Australia as Museum Shop Sunday—and #BeAPatron!

Art Herstory particularly celebrates and thanks these institutions, where Art Herstory note cards can be found: Joslyn Art Museum’s Hitchcock Museum ShopPrinceton University Art MuseumThe Gallery Shops at the National Gallery of Art, Clark Art Institute, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Birmingham Museum of Art.

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