Local Museums Encourage Shoppers to Visit Local Museum Stores during Museum Store Sunday Photo courtesy of the Sacramento History Museum
In partnership with the Museum Store Association (MSA), many Sacramento area museums are proud to participate in Museum Store Sunday on November 26, 2017. With more than 525 museum stores participating across eight countries and three continents, the international effort is designed to remind consumers about the unique and inspired shopping experience that exists in one-of-a-kind museum stores all of which showcase a broad assortment of highly curated and mission-specific gifts. Museum Store Sunday is managed by the Museum Store Association based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Museum Store Sunday is open to all independently operated museum stores and non-profit retailers located at museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, historic sites, and other unique cultural institutions in the United States and internationally.
MSA’s Museum Store Sunday aims to be the global annual day to Be a Patron — shop conscientiously and support museum stores and their missions worldwide. The Sacramento area community is invited and encouraged to Be a Patron and shop at local museum stores on Museum Store Sunday (and everyday) as proceeds help benefit the museums and their respective missions. A sampling of the unique products available along with special activities happening on Museum Store Sunday at local museum stores include the following:
– California Automobile Museum – the on-site Museum Store offers a variety of unique gift ideas for the automobile enthusiast that range from small Pedal Cars and Scoot-A-Longs to carbon fiber wallets, money clips, bottle openers and even “Crash Jewelry” items such as cuffs, bangles, earrings and more made from the metal of heavy automobiles that have been in minor accidents.
– California State Railroad Museum – with a wide selection of gift ideas perfect for train enthusiasts of all ages, the on-site Museum Store is the Northern California holiday headquarters for exclusive THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride merchandise. From the famed book to ornaments, bells, games and clothing, the California State Railroad Museum Store in Old Sacramento has everything shoppers need to make holiday-giving magical. New this year is the Polar Express Wooden Train that is compatible with other wooden railroad tracks and trains.
– Crocker Art Museum – guests are encouraged to shop for exhibition-related treasures, regional art, and delightful gifts for all ages at the on-site store. Each guest on Museum Store Sunday will be entered for their chance to win a signed Gregory Kondos California 2018 calendar along with a copy of the limited edition catalogue Unveiled: The Crocker Art Museum Collection. Three winners will be chosen randomly and no purchase is necessary.
Sacramento Children’s Museum – the on-site Museum Store offers a nice selection of fun gift items such as Dreamy Dress-up Wings and Rich Frog Creature Slippers. In addition, Museum members can enjoy 25 percent off and non-members will receive 10 percent off on Museum Store Sunday.
– Sacramento History Museum – will have strolling characters dressed in period clothing of the Gold Rush days welcoming guests with complimentary apple cider and cookies. Patrons can shop for handmade jewelry, old time toys and games, festive holiday décor and plenty of gold, including gold nuggets. For every $25 spent on Museum Store Sunday, shoppers will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a holiday gift basket.
– Sacramento Zoo – the popular Safari Market at the zoo will be open during regular hours on Museum Store Sunday. It is the perfect place to find that unique gift for that special someone or a one-of-a-kind homemade décor item. The zoo sources as many of their items as possible from sustainable and fair trade sources. In addition, a percentage of the sales from a number of items also go to conservation funds for species around the globe.
– Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park – Friends of Sutter’s Fort will offer a variety of activities including free crafts for kids from noon to 3 p.m. plus an opportunity to meet author Rich Mitchell and local artist Jay Weldon at 3 p.m. in the Distillery Room, both of whom will be on-site for a signing event and talk. In addition, the Fort will offer a sale throughout the store that is highlighted by special “Made at Sutter’s Fort” products that include popular organic candles and many other locally made items such as hats, tote bags, leather journals, walking sticks, books and a number of specialty goods for history lovers. Also, gift memberships will be available during Museum Store Sunday and throughout the holiday season.
For more information about the Museum Store Sunday happening on November 26, 2017, please visit https://museumstoresunday.org. For more information about Sacramento area museums and upcoming events and activities, “like” us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SacMuseums and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @SacMuseums.
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About the Museum Store Association
The Museum Store Association is a 501(c)3 international organization with the mission of advancing the non-profit retail industry, its museum stores, and the success of the professionals engaged in it. MSA offers educational information and programs throughout the year culminating in an annual conference and trade show highlighting the best in the industry. By advocating for and encouraging high standards of curated products, knowledge, and professionalism, MSA helps museum stores and their non-profit retail professionals better serve their institutions and the public.
About the Sacramento Area Museums (SAM)
Comprised of nearly 30 greater Sacramento area museums working in partnership with Visit Sacramento, SAM’s mission is to raise awareness of local museums by giving the community the opportunity to discover California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures. SAM achieves its mission through implementing cooperative promotions and developing strategic marketing alliances, by encouraging sharing of knowledge and resources among its partner institutions. For more information, visit www.SacMuseums.org