By Theresa Russell
Posted On: Nov 21, 2022
Looking for a gift that not every single store you carries? Do you have gift recipients with special interests in art, Ohio history, the military, sports, or aviation? Well, look no further than to some of Ohio's great museums, many of which have gift shops full of unique items.
It's not only an ideal way to find special gifts, but also a great way to support your favorite museum as well. Check out this list of museum stores and start your search for a personalized gift for your loved ones.
Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown
The Toledo Museum of Art is known for its glass and the custom glass pieces, and its museum store is known for being one of the best in the state. Here you can find local stationary, prints of the museum, and local art. For something special, pick up this year's limited edition ornament.
Check out the Columbus Museum of Art's museum store for beautiful jewelry, stimulating books, and CMA themed items. And the museum store at the Cincinnati Art Museum Shop offers products inspired by both their special exhibitions and their permanent collections. For even more holiday shopping fun, stop by the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown and check out their museum store that's filled with unique, artistic gifts.
Have a budding scientist in the family? Science museum shops specialize in games, toys, and kits that get the creative and investigative juices flowing. Check out the Connects Kits from COSI in Columbus, the science category from the Cincinnati Museum Center's shop, or pickup something fun and creative from Toledo's Imagination Station.
The Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton
Aviation and Military Museums
What could be better for the aviation fan than something from some of the premier aviation museums in the country? Models, replicas, art, and more can be found at these museums. Head to Dayton and check out The Air Force Museum located inside
The National Museum of the US Air Force. Or stop over at the Motts Military Museum in Groveport to shop their gift shop.
The store for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton is where football fans can find anything related to the sport. Have a friend or family member who is an avid fan of baseball and the Cincinnati Reds? Grab them a special gift from the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum Shop.
Photo credit: Statehouse Museum Shop, Facebook
For a focus on Ohio-made gifts and Ohio history, make your way to the Ohio Statehouse Museum, where you'll find plenty of gifts representing the state. They feature a limited edition tree ornament every year, perfect for anybody's collection. You'll find inspired designs and gifts in Beachwood at the Maltz Museum's store. And something special for that history lover from Fremont's Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums store.
Head your local museum to find the perfect present for the holidays. And don't forget that a museum membership always makes a good gift and that a membership may offer discounts at the museum shops.