As the holiday season approaches, take the time to learn that Los Angeles isn’t just about Hollywood celebrities and their whereabouts. It is a city full of stories and history-making art at world-class museums. Be inspired by something old or something new, and make a point to visit the museum shops where you will find mementos, gifts, prints, jewelry and books that reflect your favorite exhibitions or artists.
Natural History Museum Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is not only an educational experience for the whole family; its museum shop is like a candy store for children of all ages. Visiting the boutique is a great way to end the day, offering children’s books including “Dr. Seuss On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects” and “Thomas the T. Rex.” The shop also boasts a unique jewelry collection that focuses on sustainable living and features necklaces, earrings and bamboo bracelets, toys, home décor and stationery. If you are interested in becoming a member of the museum, you may purchase your membership at the museum shop as well, or a gift for that someone who has everything else.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
A tour at LACMA requires more than a day with all of the historical pieces on display, and the museum shop is no exception. Upon entering the store, you will automatically start racking up prints you want displayed in your home, coffee table books to give as gifts and note cards for all of your correspondence. If you are a museum member, the gift shop offers a 10-percent discount on your purchases. The limited edition prints are exquisite. Most recently available is the Peter Alexander Judy, which is a part of the artist’s Las Vegas Series. The museum shop is also an keen spot for buying gifts for yourself or others, including a collection of LACMA Quattro Watercolor Pencils and boxed note cards featuring Jean-Marc Nattier’s Portrait of Madame de Maison Rouge.
Museum of Contemporary Art Grand Avenue
250 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Known for modern American and European art exhibits dating back to 1940, MOCA offers a contemporary experience that is featured in the museum shop. Targeting all audiences and art genres, the shop boasts a variety of nostalgic and current mementos for you to take home. A popular item for shoppers is the Andy Warhol Retrospective covering the 1940s to 1986. The retrospective highlights the artist’s most memorable art, including “Campbell’s Soup Cans,” “Marilyn,” “Jackie,” “Mao,” “Flowers,” “Disaster” and “Self-Portraits.” As iPhone cases and sleeves pave the way in accessory trends, it’s not unusual to leave the store with the Tropical Skull iPhone slider case by C.R. Stecyk lll.
Craft & Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The CAFAM Shop is both within the museum and online. The store stocks cultural items from local artists including rare pieces of jewelry, note cards, books, accessories, prints and home décor. So you can begin your holiday shopping early, the CAFAM Shop will extend its hours for the holiday season. From Dec. 7 through Dec. 9, the CAFAM Shop is hosting a holiday shopping night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., when you are invited to find one-of-a-kind items that are perfect for spreading holiday cheer.
Audrey’s Museum Store at Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Whether you are celebrating nuptials, a bar or bat mitzvah or looking for unique holiday gifts, Audrey’s Museum Store at Skirball Cultural Center boasts a wide variety of modern and classic Jewish art and gift items. The store offers books on Jewish traditions, music, art, jewelry, and wedding, bar and bat mitzvah accessories. In addition, stop by the Noah’s Ark Store for unique and fun children’s items including books, arts and crafts, toys and puzzles. The Noah’s Ark Store also has a selection of eco-friendly clothing for both children and adults.
Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.