For the second year in a row, more than 700 museum stores representing all 50 states and D.C., 10 countries and three continents will offer shopping at museums and cultural institutions on Museum Store Sunday.
Here in the Philadelphia area, 14 regional museums are collaborating to present the Patron Passport, a self-guided tour of local museum stores including The Barnes Foundation, The Brandywine River Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Eastern State penitentiary, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, Hagley Museum, Mutter Museum, National Museum of American Jewish History, New Jersey State Museum, Penn Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Winterthur Museum, Library and Gardens.
Most of the museum stores with the program will offer a 25% storewide discount to visitors.
Patrons can pick up a printed passport at any one of the locations. the passport is a guide to all locations and includes an entry form to win a gift basket with more than $700 of museum store products from all participating museums.
Julie Steiner, director of retail operations at The Barnes Foundation and an organizer of this event says “We are excited to engage our region in the support of museum and cultural institutions. Museum Store Sunday offers a unique shopping experience, where visitors can find a broad assortment of highly curated mission specific gifts.
“Patrons will find clothing, jewelry, home accessories, children’s items, books, artwork and so much more. Our local community can shop knowing their purchase supports the mission, education and programming of their favorite museum.”
Each location will offer various events and special in-store promotions, for example the Brandywine River Museum of Art will debut a limited-edition Andrew Wyeth print.
You can find a list of museums participating in Museum Store Sunday at https://museumstoresunday.org/participating-museums/. Many are offering significant discounts.