By Theresa Russell
Posted On: Nov 23, 2020
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.
With lots of online shopping, not only is this an ideal way to find special gifts, but also a 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.
Photo credit: The Toledo Museum of Art, Facebook
The Toledo Museum of Art is known for its glass and the custom glass pieces, and it's museum shop is known for being one of the best in the state. Here you can find local stationary, prints of the museum and local art. Pick up this year's limited edition Wineberries glass ornament or their book on artist Yayoi Kusama (whose installation "Fireflies on the Water" is a popular exhibit).
Check out the Columbus Museum of Art gift shop for beautiful jewelry, stimulating books and CMA themed items. And the museum store at the Cincinnati Museum of Art offers products inspired by both their special exhibitions and their permanent collections.
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 COSI Connects Kits, the science category from the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Science2GO! boxes from Toledo's Imagination Station.
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 here. Check out museum shops at The National Museum of the US Air Force and Tri-State War Birds. You're sure to find something interesting!
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is where football fans can find anything related to the sport. Have a friend or family member who is an avid fan of the Cincinnati Reds? Grab them a special gift from the Reds Hall of Fame shop.
Photo credit: Statehouse Museum Shop, screenshot
For a focus on Ohio-made gifts and Ohio history, make your first (virtual) visit 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.
Head online to your local museum to find the perfect gift 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.