Best museum gift shops in DC?

May 13th, 2006, 06:27 PM
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Best museum gift shops in DC?

Here's something I haven't seen discussed before...which museums do you consider to have the best "do not miss" gift shops?
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May 14th, 2006, 02:17 AM
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My favorite is in the Building Museum, which is up near the National Portrait Gallery (closest Metro stop is Judiciary Square, IIRC). Lots of clever, worthwhile, and well-designed stuff, plenty of books, DC items, and a good children's section; no cheap junk. Take the guided tour of the museum while you're there; it's an amazing structure.
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May 15th, 2006, 05:48 AM
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I do some holiday shopping at the Smithsonian's Museum of African Art and at the Freer/Sackler for lovely Asian and Asia-inspired things. Interesting books and music at these shops too.
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May 15th, 2006, 09:16 AM
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My three best would have to be:

1)National Gallery of Art
2)National Building Museum
3)Museum of American History
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May 15th, 2006, 09:20 AM
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Another vote for the National Building Museum - the gift shop, the building, the special exhibits (usually 3-4 at a time) and even the cafe.

Also like the Library of Congress.
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May 15th, 2006, 10:25 AM
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well it depends on your particular obsessions. Being afflicted with a vocation in the law, the Supreme Court shop is interesting (to me). The Native American Museum has, obviously, much sutff related to that.
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May 17th, 2006, 12:06 PM
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The Women's Art Museum - especially for unique jewelry for women! Also nice is the Textile Museum.
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May 17th, 2006, 12:29 PM
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National Gallery of Art is my favorite....SOOOO much stuff!

Have fun!
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May 17th, 2006, 02:05 PM
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I agree with the National Building Museum. And, while not exactly a museum, the gift shop at the National Cathedral is also quite good.
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