Perhaps you’re struggling to finish up your Christmas shopping with personal, unique gifts. Or maybe you’re planning a trip to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl and want just the right souvenir to take back to your friends and family. Consider making a stop at some of Indy’s finest shopping destinations–our museums!
- The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Store features jewelry, decorative items for your home or office, books and paper products, and several special collections. A few of my favorite items are a book describing the inaugural works of art found at 100 Acres, the museum’s nature park, a small replica of Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculpture, and a box of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed notecards. The shop also has a special holiday collection. Location and store hours are available here.
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Shop offers a wide selection of educational toys, books and kid-friendly products. I really like the Treasures of the Earth collection for fun, globally-inspired gifts. And because kids know best, I love their Kid Tested Kid Approved list. When you spend $50 online, you receive a Children’s Museum ornament. The shop also offers free gift wrapping and access to personal shoppers if you need assistance selecting just the right thing.
- The Eiteljorg Museum Store features a variety of products that support the museum’s mission to immerse visitors in Native American and Western cultures. Because this is the only museum of its kind in the Midwest, you’re sure to find something one-of-a-kind in this shop.
- At The Indiana Historical Society’s shop, you can count on a true Hoosier focus. I like the Homemade Indiana Gift Basket because it contains all locally made products. If you have a reader on your list, their book collection is extensive. Be sure to check their Sale Items page to nab a great discount.
- The Indiana Store at the Indiana State Museum has a great selection of clothes, souvenirs, jewelry, prints and other collectibles. If you have a dinosaur or animal lover in your life, consider purchasing one of Fred’s “bones.” Fred is a bull mastodon discovered near Fort Wayne in 1998. The State Museum is planning an exhibit which will include a real bone mount of Fred, but they need additional funds to make it a reality. By buying one of Fred’s bones, you’ll receive a certificate of bone ownership and a special display box for your certificate and piece of bone fragment.
These are just a few of the city’s great museum shops. I love that not only do you get quality, unique products, but you’re supporting these great cultural institutions at the same time. What are your favorite places to shop for local souvenirs and gifts?