Many of us will be doing their holiday shopping online this year. When traveling, we all enjoy visiting small town shops, going to museums, and discovering gifts beyond what you would find at your local big-box store.
If you love the unique, the quirky, the artistic, or just love supporting small museums that are dependent upon sales to help stay open, shopping small museums is a way everyone can win.
Sit back and enjoy exploring these unique museum stores. Just click the title link…you just might find the perfectly unique gift for someone on your list:
Located on the upper Mississippi River, this art museum has a nice collection of jewelry, books, scarves, and gifts for children
A nice collection of unique gifts for children, beautiful jewelry, and items for home and office.
An outstanding collection of art-inspired gifts and hand blown glass ornaments, jewelry, and accessories. Read more about the Chrysler Museum of Art on our blog.
The Henry Ford Museum is dedicated to innovation and invention. Filled with fun gifts to spark children’s imaginations, their own pottery collection, hand made food treats, and items made right on site. Find out more about the Henry Ford Museum on our blog.
Charleston, South Carolina
This lovely museum can bring art into everyday life with art prints, scarves, woven bags, and much more. Read more about the Gibbes Museum on our blog.
Located on the Ohio River, their collection currently has a wonderful collection of items featuring Vincent Van Gogh. You can search by artist, apparel, art, books, media, and they also have great puzzles.
From Blue Willow candle sets, to adorable nautical ornaments, to Wyeth art-inspired gifts, the Farnsworth has a wide selection of gift ideas celebrating the Maine lifestyle.
This elegant historic house has become a museum unto itself. Read more about the Hillwood and discover its rich history. With its Russian art influences, they offer stunning Faberge egg Christmas tree ornaments, and elegant jewelry. Read more about the Hillwood Museum on our blog.
The store offers a great collection of books and toys for children, a collection of Winslow Homer art inspired gifts, and art books.
Traverse City, Michigan
They offer a wide selection of puzzles, calendars, socks, colorful children’s plush toys and more in this small museum.
This historic home is a favorite stop when cruising the lower Mississippi and offers a small collection of memorabilia, gifts, and ornaments. If you need a memory of your own vacation, a glass blown ornament featuring a riverboat on the river might be just what you are looking for.
This amazing small museum specializes in clocks and stained glass. Their collection of offerings include unique umbrellas, purses, puzzles, and clocks, among many more beautiful gift ideas. Read more about the Halim Time & Glass Museum on our blog.
Their large collection includes items made in Maryland made of local woods, items for the house and home, and fun children’s gifts.
This specialty museum offers gifts for the music lover. They offer a collection of hand-winding music boxes, scarves, ties, and ornaments.
St. Louis, Missouri
A small collection of quality items including a map of St. Louis tie or scarf, suffragist ornaments, and a collection of good books.
A large selection of quality items for the lover of gardens and the natural world. You’ll find alpaca scarves, water resistant gardening gloves, fun gifts for the kids, specialty foods from Maine, and much more.
This gorgeous museum began as a personal art collection. Their extensive online gift shop includes specialty teas, chocolates, prints, board games, and unusual ornaments.
With a colorful collection of home goods and accessories created by local artisans, this shop is a fun way to support both the museum as well as local artisans.
A large selection of items made in Minnesota, journals, jewelry, wine totes, and more. A wide variety sure to help you find something they’ll love to receive.
This historic home museum offers an eclectic collection of jewelry, textiles, pottery, baskets, scarves, purses, and more.
Newport, Rhode Island
Working to rescue and refurbish our American colonial era heritage one building at a time – the Newport Restoration Foundation rescues historic homes from demolition or neglect and brings them back to life. Saving this piece of American history not only benefits us all, but has helped bring this historic city back to life as well. Not just rescuing mansions, their collection of properties varies from an old windmill to a mansion including Rough Point Mansion and the Whitehorne House, both of which are open to the public as museums. Shop their store to to support their efforts and you’ll be rewarded with fun finds from puzzles to yoga pants.
San Diego, CA
When the love of trains gets you, you are hooked for a lifetime. This museum showcases the talented creations by different model railroad clubs that are more works of art than anything. Like a film director creating a story, these models are snapshots in time. The museum works to keep the story alive by actively working with children’s groups through school programs, summer camps, and scout programs. Their museum gift store has a great selection any train lover would enjoy – from Thomas the Train age to the kid-inside.