20% Discount, Free Gift-Wrapping, Gift with Purchase and Free Standard Shipping for Online Shoppers are on Tap for Black Friday and Cyber Monday in Store and Online
The mall is not the only place to shop for covetable (and soon-to-be coveted) holiday gifts this season. You can also find many great gifts at your local (or not-so-local) museum and its corresponding Museum Shop. (I am a huge fan of the Museum Shop at The Whitney Museum of American Art myself.)
The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s new Main Store, located inside the restored North Entrance by Kelly Drive, is stocked with a variety of unique gifts for shoppers this holiday season. Visitors can explore an expanded selection of colorful clothing, handcrafted jewelry and accessories made by local artisans, as well as games, art books and supplies. Highlights include colorful pleated tote bags ($59); playing cards in every hue of the rainbow ($13); a prismatic watercolor set ($39); jigsaw pattern puzzles ($38); chunky color block scarves ($89); and wax print dresses by the global brand Zuri ($198). A curated assortment of “Best in Store” items has been chosen by staff to spark a wide range of gift-giving ideas, including the Philly Tarot Deck, a deck of cards filled with illustrations of famous Philadelphia locations and people presented in a tarot card format by artist James Boyle ($40); Italian leather-bound sketchbooks with multicolored marble-patterned edges ($89); handcrafted keepsake boxes by local ceramicist Priscilla Dahl ($58-98); and toy racing cars ($35).
In the “Philly Made” area of the store, shoppers will find handcrafted goods from local artisans including cutting boards of walnut, maple, and cherry woods by Honorable Oak ($68-125); earrings made from vintage decorative tins by Saffron Creations ($58-98); porcelain cameo necklaces and rings by Marcie McGoldrick ($158-325); patterned vases and bowls from Kristin Buck ($36 and up); and turned wooden candlesticks by Lostine ($68-125).
Philadelphia artisans Nick and Leanne Polidore of the leather goods company Hemlock & Hyde, and Jannalyn Bailey of Curious Clay also have new products featured this holiday season with many exclusive to the museum store. In addition, visitors can shop for updated designs from over fifty local designers and businesses throughout all five of the museum’s stores.
Gifts to wear come in a variety of colors and styles, ranging from knit hats and scarves to fine Italian leather gloves, Bauhaus-inspired geometric earrings and necklaces, and bags illustrating color theory. Great gifts for any art lover include the large canvas tote with a Louise Bourgeois quote: “Art is a guaranty of sanity” ($48), and the black t-shirt by Art Girl Rising that lists the first names of famous female artists: “Frida (Kahlo)” “Georgia (O’Keeffe)” “Yayoi (Kusama)” “Artemisia (Gentileschi)” and “Louise (Bourgeois)” ($42).
Across the street in the Perelman Building, art for the body is on view in the galleries of the new exhibition, Off the Wall: American Art to Wear, and also available for purchase in the Perelman Store. A variety of colorful robes, scarves, hats, and other personal accessories are among one-of-a-kind designs from exhibiting artists including Nicki Hitz Edson, Nina Huryn, Jean Cacicedo Leach, and Linda Mendelson (prices range from $25-$5,000). Additional apparel and accessories such as reversible coats made from traditional vintage quilts by Philadelphia designer, Voloshin, and one-of-a-kind marbled jewelry by Leslie Grossman are part of the creative selection. The new publication, Off the Wall: American Art to Wear, accompanies the nearby exhibition. It traces the origins of wearable art and places it in cultural, political, social, and spiritual contexts of a generation that came of age in the late 1960s and 1970s ($45).
Other noteworthy books that highlight distinctive aspects of the museum’s collection include Impressionism: Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art ($35); The Essential Duchamp ($29.95); Cy Twombly: Fifty Days at Iliam ($40.00) and Art of China: Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art ($45.00). Each lavishly illustrated volume includes fascinating essays by curatorial staff and is co-published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University Press.
In the main building’s Special Exhibition Store, design-inspired gifts accompany the provocative exhibition, Designs for Different Futures, on view through March 8, 2020. The selection includes tech products, books on design, and new merchandise exclusively designed for the exhibition, including t-shirts, buttons, stickers, and Baggu + PMA tote bags. Shannon Maldonado, Philadelphia designer and retail curator of Yowie in Queen Village, has collaborated with the museum to create limited edition t-shirts. Shirts are printed by Print Natural, the custom screen-printing shop located in The Bok Building that specializes in using organic cotton and eco-friendly inks. Other local sustainable designs are available from West Oak Design, Lobo Mau, Ingrid Johnson, Grace Chen, MasonMade, Supra Endura, Steph Trowbridge, Rose Beerhorst, Remark Glass, and Soft Co.
A yearlong gift of membership offers insider access during an exciting time ahead at the museum. This enduring gift is presented in a wrapped envelope which makes for a sleek stocking-stuffer. Students, artists, and adult members may enjoy a full year of benefits including unlimited free general admission, free tickets to special exhibitions, discounts on dining, shopping, parking, educational programs, and access to exhibition previews and programs ($20-125). Visitors ages 18 and under are always free.
On Wednesday, November 27, the Holiday season kicks off at the museum with the annual Tree-Lighting event on the East Terrace, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., with hot chocolate and candy canes served. Admission to the museum that evening is Pay What You Wish, and all museum stores will offer a 20% discount in-store from 5:00–9:00 p.m. Gift wrapping is also available in stores and online.
From November 29 through December 1, during Black Friday weekend, the Store is offering a free gift with every purchase over $25 in-store. Museum Store Sunday, December 1, is a worldwide initiative encouraging shoppers to explore the unique curated assortments that can only be found in museum stores. All Philadelphia Museum of Art museum stores will be offering 20% off their purchase in-store only. On December 2, Cyber Monday, shoppers will be offered free standard shipping in our online store. Gift wrap to go is also available in stores and online.
Christine Doobinin, the museum’s Director of Retail, said: “The museum is a wonderful destination for holiday shopping this year. All five of our stores, including our new and completely reimagined Main Store, feature an assortment of our very best gift offerings for the season, including many you won’t find elsewhere. We are especially pleased to present local Philadelphia artisans and provide an exciting assortment of gifts for everyone on your list.”
Shoppers may access the new Main Store via the North Entrance without paying museum admission, which is required for visits to the galleries. Other shopping locations at the museum include the pop-up store on the East Balcony in the Main Building, The Perelman Store, The Special Exhibition Store and the store at the Rodin Museum. In fall 2020, the museum will also open two new locations on either side of Lenfest Hall as part of the Core Project. Visitors can also shop online anytime by visiting www.philamuseum.org/visit/shopping.