Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh will participate in the first ever Museum Store Sunday, which encourages Pittsburghers to start their holiday shopping at their favorite cultural institutions.
On November 26, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the Andy Warhol Museum, and Carnegie Science Center will offer discounts, special products, and entertainment in their stores, which feature unique, carefully selected items for adults and children.
“Whether it is toys that encourage a love of science and art or sustainable products for adults that were made locally, the products in our stores are thoughtfully curated and mission driven. Many of these products are a way to bring the wonder and learning visitors experience at the museum home with them,” said Lori Braszo, General Manager of Retail Operations of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. “Additionally, it invites visitors to be thoughtful in their holiday shopping by supporting institutions they love while checking off boxes on their holiday shopping lists.”
Museum Store Sunday was spearheaded by the Museum Store Association, a nonprofit, international association that advances the success of cultural commerce, to follow in the footsteps of other shopping holidays like Small Business Saturday and Black Friday.
Shoppers do not have to purchase admission to the museums to shop in the stores on Museum Store Sunday, and there will be a 30-minute parking grace period in the Oakland parking garage and a 45-minute parking grace period in the Carnegie Science Center’s lot. Free street parking is also available on Sundays.
“The general public already loves shopping in museum stores because they know they can find something different,” says Julie Steiner, president of the MSA board of directors. “Museum Store Sunday gives people a chance to support their local museums, find unique holiday gifts, and enjoy an entertaining and educational experience at favorite museums.”
On Museum Store Sunday, more than 450 museum stores representing 50 states, seven countries, and three continents will offer relaxing, inspired shopping inside museums and cultural institutions, including many Pittsburgh museums.
Several Carnegie Museums will have programming and live music in their stores to celebrate. Additionally, Carnegie Museum Members receive a 20% holiday discount through December 3.
For more information, visit the local Museum Store Sunday event page on Facebook.