Shop from Philadelphia’s museums and attractions anytime, anywhere by visiting their online gift shops, filled with interesting souvenirs, themed merchandise, and only-in-Philadelphia items. TIP: November 29, 2020 is Museum Store Sunday, with many of the gift shops below offering special deals and promotions. For a full list of museums participating in Museum Store Sunday, click here.
The Barnes Foundation’s online gift shop features a seemingly endless assortment of items inspired by pieces found throughout the world renowned collection. Look for jewelry inspired by the museum’s metalwork, puzzles of prized pieces of art, Van Gogh playing cards and children’s books, Matisse pillows, and even custom masks displaying portions of works by Renoir, Van Gogh, Rosseau, and other iconic artists.
More art-themed gifts await in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s online store, where you’ll find prints and reproductions of works on display throughout the museum, a Philadelphia-themed tarot card deck (with matching wall calendar), an A-B-C book of modern architecture and design for kids, and an impressive collection of literature for those looking to dive deeper into the museum’s collection.
Purchase Al Capone mugs and t-shirts, replica prison keys, Eastern State Penitentiary-themed books and apparel, or stock up on gear from the Terror Behind the Walls haunted attraction in the national historic landmark’s online shop. Don’t miss the series of Pep-themed items including a baby onesie, plush, playing cards, and pin, which honor the “cat-murdering dog,” Pep, that was once imprisoned in the historic penitentiary.
The items found in PAFA’s online store are sure to please art aficionados around the globe. Not only will you find books, jewelry, clothes, gifts, and more inspired by some of the greatest pieces of American art (like an eye-catching Jackson Pollock tie), you’ll also find artful everyday items such as paint brushes, erasers, notebooks, candles, and more. TIP: Their ‘LOVE’ coasters make for a great Philadelphia souvenir!
History buffs will love the items available in the Museum of the American Revolution’s online gift shop, where Revolutionary War-themed literature, apparel, accessories, and even home décor are available for purchase. A throw blanket depicting a snowy scene at Valley Forge, a Declaration of Independence mousepad, history books (for readers both young and old), and a wealth of Join or Die items can be found throughout the store.
Home to the First Continental Congress, historic Carpenters’ Hall played a pivotal role in the founding of the nation. You can learn more about the building’s history by purchasing one of the books available in their online shop, where you can also purchase prints of WPA travel posters from the 1930s, depicting local Philadelphia landmarks and attractions (as seen in the recent Places for the People exhibition).
Rocky t-shirts, LOVE sculpture replicas, Ben Franklin mugs and other quintessential Philadelphia merchandise can be found in the Independence Visitor Center’s online gift shop.
More Philadelphia souvenirs await in the online shop of the Betsy Ross House, where you can purchase themed apparel, a Betsy Ross House snow globe, holiday ornament, and the seamstress’ signature 13-star American flag, among other items (like a cheesesteak magnet).
Shop for gifts, toys, jewelry and other items inspired by the cultures of Egypt, Africa, Asia, Mexico/Central America, and other ancient civilizations chronicled in the Penn Museum’s collection in their new online gift shop. African spices and sauces, mini excavation kits, a granite statue of an Egyptian pharaoh, and Nepalese necklaces are just a few of the unique items available online. Don’t miss the limited edition DIY Handmade History Kits made in partnership with local artisans that include a 30-minute live session with a museum expert who explains the origins of the item (available December 2020).
One of Philadelphia’s more eccentric and unique gift shops, the Mütter Museum’s online store contains interesting medical-themed merchandise including a Dr. Mütter string doll keychain, an anatomical heart stress ball, a giant guts sticker set for kids, a shrunken head magnet, and a collection of cute and cuddly plush toys of diseases, germs, cells, and organs, among other unexpected items.
The historic Battleship New Jersey — the U.S. Navy’s most decorated battleship — hosts an online store filled with collectibles, books, hats, and other souvenirs. Shoppers can even own a literal piece of the battleship, with sections of the Teak Deck available to purchase in various sizes.
A ‘Yo Semite’ shirt that made waves online in the summer of 2020 is just one of the items available in the National Museum of American Jewish History’s online gift shop. Other items that celebrate Jewish culture, pop culture, and religion are also available, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg socks, Dr. Anthony Fauci facemasks, dozens of artistic Hanukkah menorahs, and several items that display the Hebrew word “ahava” (love) as presented in Robert Indiana’s sculpture at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Set sail in the Independence Seaport Museum’s online gift shop to discover a collection of clothes, accessories, flags, pillows and more inspired by the museum’s two historic ships docked along the Delaware River: the Cruiser OLYMPIA and Submarine BECUNA.
Dedicated to telling the story of the United States Constitution, the National Constitution Center offers a wealth of Constitution- and American history-themed items in its online store. Wine decanters with the Constitution inscribed on the side, a preamble tie, presidential and supreme court paper bust kits, and founding father finger puppets are just a few of the unique items found throughout. An impressive collection of literature is also available, including several books written by the museum’s President and CEO, Jeffrey Rosen.
Creative patterns and eye-catching designs fill the Fabric Workshop and Museum’s (FWM) online gift store, with home goods, clothing, bags, accessories, and more available for purchase, including many pieces that are either made in-house at FWM’s studio or designed in partnership with the museum. Those who work with textiles will be delighted to find a varying collection of colorful yardage available for purchase as well.
It comes as no surprise that the National Liberty Museum, located just steps from the Liberty Bell with a mission to reinforce the basic principles for safeguarding liberty, would have a number of Liberty Bell-themed items in its online shop, including keychains, mugs, replicas, magnets, and more. Not to be missed, however, is the shop’s assortment of beautiful glass items (a theme throughout the museum), such as ornaments, wine stoppers, cat figurines, and more.
In the online gift shop managed by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, who also oversees the charming Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park, shoppers will find items reflecting Japanese culture such as a matcha wisk, cherry blossom fan, and a variety of decorative incense holders. Those looking to learn more about Philadelphia’s long history and friendship with Japan can purchase the bilingual Phila-Nipponica book, which presents information in both English and Japanese.
Cover photo courtesy of The Barnes Foundation.