Tour and Score in Philadelphia’s Gift Shops

Check out one of the many standout gift shops at Philadelphia attractions to find that perfect souvenir to remember your trip to Philadelphia

A truly unique experience, the PENN MUSEUM gift shop features souvenirs celebrating all of the various cultures found throughout the sprawling museum in University City. Items include reproductions of artifacts on display in the numerous galleries like symbolic African masks, as well as an Egyptian pharaoh dig kit and Chinese Foo Dogs.

If you’re looking for an unconventional gift, the MÜTTER MUSEUM certainly has you covered. Think: a snuggly e.coli or bird flu doll, Victorian post-mortem morning photography, Cephalothoracopagus glow-in-the-dark t-shirts, umlaut perfume and much more.

Photo by R. Hakalski for NMAJH

Bringing to life the 360-year history of Jews in the U.S., the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY gift shop boasts an extensive collection of ceremonial Judaica, Jewish gifts and jewelry as well as an unmatched Ketubah gallery perfect for brides and grooms. You can also pick up a rare Liberty Bell Mezuzah or Proclaim Liberty Kiddush Cup and shop the Notorious RBG collection celebrating Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Photo by M. Edlow for IVCC.

The INDEPENDENCE VISITOR CENTER opened a sprawling new gift shop inside its recently renovated building. Buy goods designed by local artists or pick up regional treats like salt water taffy and fudge along with Philadelphia inspired memorabilia like Rocky souvenirs or “Saved By the Bell” T-shirts, and more.

Fans of the founding fathers will delight in the books, apparel and other merchandise at the BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MUSEUM. Items range from the silly (a Ben bobblehead, anyone?) to the inspirational (coffee mugs with Franklin quotes). Other treasures include period reproductions of hand-blown glass from Jamestown and colonial wooden toys.

Photo by L. Matlach courtesy of PAFA

The first museum of art and school of fine arts in the country, PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS is known for its extensive collection of 19th- and 20th-century American artwork. Equally impressive is its gift shop, which offers handcrafted wares, cool jewelry, extraordinary ceramics, prints and more—plus items from Mural Arts Philadelphia. Pick up LOVE coasters, Great Modern Artists cases, ties with the map of Philadelphia and more.

An eerie stone fortress in the Fairmount neighborhood, EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY was once home to notorious criminals like Al Capone and “Slick Willie” Sutton. After touring the former prison grounds, stop by the gift shop for souvenirs, including a tee with Capone’s mugshot or a replica of the front gate key, or peruse the handmade wares from currently incarcerated people. The former prison transforms into a spooky haunted house, “Terror Behind the Walls,” in the fall and offers a creepy pop-up gift shop with a Teddy Scare Bear that has a new design each year.

Can’t score Hamilton tickets? Console yourself with an Alexander Hamilton pin from the MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION gift shop. In addition to their myriad Revolutionary era-themed pins, patches and magnets, you can pick up founding father ornaments, replica documents (including a rough drafts of the Declaration of Independence), period flags and George Washington War Tent magnets, pins and T-shirts.

Awed by the NATIONAL LIBERTY MUSEUM’s eye-popping Flame of Liberty by famed glass sculptor Dale Chihuly? The museum, which honors heroes like Nelson Mandela, Jackie Robinson and Malala Yousafzai, also sells a range of glass objects, including hand-blown ornaments, wishing ball gratitude globes, paperweights, ring holders, wine stoppers and animal figurines, plus Philadelphia related souvenirs.

 

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) is the official tourism promotion agency for the City of Philadelphia globally and the primary sales and marketing agency for the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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