Black Friday is over as is Cyber Monday, and Christmas shopping is in full swing. For those of you, who would like to avoid mall madness, find special and unique gifts while supporting the arts, here is my rundown of favorite museum shops in no particular order?
The Skirball Museum has two permanent shops and a special Pop-Up.
Audrey’s Museum Store Audrey’s features a diverse selection of contemporary and traditional Jewish ceremonial art, including museum quality pieces inspired by the Skirball’s own collection, along with books, art prints, sculpture, and an international selection of jewelry. This is a great place to shop for both Christmas and Hanukkah.
Noah’s Ark Store This shop features a selection of handcrafted arks, and animal, lively games, challenging puzzles, life-like puppets, craft objects, books, and childrens and adult clothing
Light & Noir Holiday Pop-Up Shop. This Pop-Up Shop featuring items inspired by the exhibitions Light & Noir; Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933 – 1950 and The Noir Effect offers a stylish mix of vintage and contemporary fashions, gifts and toys all in a dramatic noir setting. Enter the shop and channel your inner Hollywood femme fatale or hard nose detective and you’ll experience one of L.A.’s most unique holiday shopping adventures
The Getty Store has several locations at the Getty Center.
The Main Store is found just inside the Museum Entrance Hall and offers the widest offering of books, gifts, apparel, stationery, and jewelry, along with a selection of children’s books and toys. Also find unique and unusual items for the home, including hand-blown glass and sculptural reproductions. Prices range from $5.00 for an Artful pocket-sized note pad to $595.00 for a gorgeous signed Vasa Parallelogram Cast Acrylic Sculpture. For your tree, a ceramic ornament handmade in Florence Italy. For the guys on your list silk ties, or if he loves photography how about a pair of camera cuff links? For the girls, gorgeous scarves, jewelry, bags and much more!
The Children’s Shop in the West Pavilion (Plaza Level) provides a broader selection of books, art and activity kits, toys, games, and other fun, educational items that capture the Museum experience for children and families—as well as the young at heart.
The Center for Photographs Shop in the West Pavilion (Terrace/L2 Level) offers photography-related books and gifts, including frames, apparel, and specialty cameras. The West Pavilion Plaza Shop features our most popular items in addition to a selection related to changing exhibitions in the adjacent galleries, while the Exhibition Pavilion Shop also offers books and merchandise that complement special exhibitions.
Barnsdall Art Center
The Barnsdall Art Center Holiday Sale + Fundraiser will feature a wide range of work by students and faculty at Los Angeles’ venerable Barnsdall Art Center. Every medium will be represented from prints, ceramics, and jewelry, to handcrafted cards and photography, ensuring your readers will find unique artwork for every taste and budget. Join local artisans and browse amazing work while enjoying delicious wine from Justin Winery, coffee from Keurig, and handmade tamales. Wine and tamales available $8 pre-sale, $10 at door (cash only).
December 13 & 14 10am to 4pm at the Junior Arts Center
Natural History Museum Los Angeles County
This shop features six shops with items representing the permanent exhibits, Butterfly; with beautiful butterfly motif china, Dinosaurs; shirts, puzzles, plush toys, Sustainable Living; wooden and cork items ranging from jewelry, watches with cork bands, and my favorite, earrings made from recycled skateboards!
Gems & Minerals, Nature Lab, and Becoming LA all feature unique gifts representing each of the exhibits.
Craft & Folk Art Museum
The CAFAM Shop highlights cultural pieces from local and international artists including rare pieces of jewelry, note cards, books, accessories, prints and home décor. Choose from a wide range of gifts, a hand-woven scarf from Ethiopia, hand carved wooden chopsticks by L.A. based woodcarver and sculptor Saburo Koga, a one-of-a-kind glass pitcher hand blown in Mexico from recycled glass, a bowl made from tightly woven reclaimed telephone wire made in South Africa. If you like gifts that carry the artists fingerprint, this is the place for you.
The Bowers Museum Store This is definitely worth the drive to Santa Ana. Shopping at the museum store is a cultural experience, a trip around the world without getting on a plane. The shop offers a wonderfully distinctive and creative selection representing world wide cultures. Teapots from China, sculpture from Viet Nam, Plush animals from Peru, jewelry inspired by pieces worn by ancient Egyptians, books, media and art prints are just a few of the treasures found in this shop.
In conjunction with the current exhibit, China’s Lost Civilization: Mystery of Sanxindui there is a fascinating separate shop featuring Chinese art, sculpture, apparel, jewelry, books, and media.