My Favorite Museum Shop

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‘Hirshhorn Museum Shop’
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For the 4th of July holiday I went to Atlanta to visit family, and while I was there we went to the Coca-Cola Museum.  Since this was not the first time I had been to the attraction (we go at least once a year), and there is only so many flavors of international Coca-Cola product you can taste, I decided to hang out in the gift shop. With one arm wrapped around an extra-large plastic Coke bottle/piggy bank, I began to miss my D.C. museum shops. I am convinced that nothing else compares to the museum shop at The National Gallery of Art or The Textile Museum, and of course, my very favorite, the one found at The National Building Museum.

This got me thinking, our readers always know the best secrets of the city, so I thought I would throw this one out your way – what is your favorite D.C. museum shop and why?

Samantha can often be found daydreaming by the Rothkos of the East Gallery, sketching store facades along 14th, and snapping photos with her vintage polaroid at 9:30 club concerts. Since moving to DC in 2007 to get an MFA in Interior Design, her eyes can’t seem to be peeled away from the beautiful things in this city. Send any visual art, architecture, or design related news her way via Samantha (at)

8 thoughts on “My Favorite Museum Shop

  1. The shop at the National Building Museum is quite lovely, with a nice trinket/book selection for those that love cities and their architecture.

  2. Mount Vernon’s gift shop(s), without a doubt. Every time I go through I find something new I want to spend my money on. I am biased though (my mom has run it for nearly 20 years). Oh, and George’s rye whiskey!