Denver Art Museum (credit: CBS)
The shopping season is here, which means you’ll be faced with hitting the malls and department stores, battling huge lines and crowded parking lots. Instead of confronting those nightmares, why not spend a little time in one of these amazing museum gift shops instead? You’ll find amazing gifts for all the people on your list, and you’ll be able to stock up on things you can’t find anywhere else. Plus, as a bonus, you can explore the museums while you are there. Instead of a crazy crowded mall, you can browse some beautiful art work before your shopping. Now that is a much better way to shop.
The Shop at the Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
Any art lover in your life would love a gift from this expansive gift shop. You’ll find lots of special prints, cards and calendars featuring all of the amazing art work found in the museum, plus a whole lot more. Books, DVDs, clocks and even clothing is more creative when it’s found at this shop. You’ll also want to check out the huge collection of brilliant jewelry, created by local artisans. You can also load up on educational toys and games for kids, all designed with the specific goal of inspiring creativity and education in children of all ages. There really is a little something for everyone here, so stop by and check out The Shop at the Denver Art Museum.
The Shop at the Museum of Contemporary Art
1485 Delgany St.
Denver, CO 80202
Everything at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver is a little quirky, which makes this shop perfect for finding that special gift for the hardest-to-shop-for people in your life. You’ll find lots of great art books filled with prints and information on all of your favorite contemporary artists. You’ll also find silly toys, interesting housewares and lots of stunning handmade jewelry. The gifts in this shop come from all over the world and everything is hand selected to make sure that it meets the vision and quality standards that the museum is known for. Plus, everything is just a little bit odd, which makes it even more fun.
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The Museum Shop at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
When it comes to educational gifts, there is no better place to shop than the Museum Shop at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. There is a huge selection of books, toys and other gifts to choose from. Get the kids a couple of science kits and watch them light up as they discover new things about the world around them. Or find some special jewelry for that lovely woman in your life. You can also get lots of different exhibits and IMAX films on DVD or just find some fun stuffed animals. No matter what you are looking for, you’ll find something fun to pick up at The Museum Shop.
History Colorado Museum Shop
Denver, CO 80203
If you have a Colorado history buff in your life, then you’ll want to visit the History Colorado Gift Shop for unique gifts. Everything within this shop is a tribute to Colorado’s past. You’ll find stunning handmade American Indian jewelry, pottery and other amazing gifts. Or you can pick up some books with featured photography of the most beautiful places in Colorado, or find some other volumes all about the history of Denver and the creation of the modern West. There is a lot to please any Colorado lover here, so just stop by and pick up a few special gifts.
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Gift Shop at the Children’s Museum of Denver
2121 Children’s Museum Drive
Denver, CO 80211
Everyone with children should already know that the Children’s Museum of Denver is the best place to visit for kids of all ages. You may not realize, however, that the gift shop is the best place to shop for kids of all ages. The gift shop offers all of the top educational toys and you’ll find a huge selection of everything from toys and books to puzzles, clothing and more. If you have a couple of kids to shop for this year, why step foot in one of those huge big-box toy stores when you can get everything you could want at this delightful museum gift shop?
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.