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Museumist 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for Music Lovers

Photo by Claude Valette via Flickr.

Photo by Claude Valette via Flickr.

Any lover of music should appreciate Kandinsky, the abstract artist who once said: “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” Consider a print of his work or maybe a notecard set.

Photo from Smithsonian Store.

Photo from Smithsonian Store.

If you have a  jazz aficionado on your list, consider a comprehensive box set from the Smithsonian—Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology—which explores the genre over six CDs and a 200-page companion book.

Photo from MCA Store.

Photo from MCA Store.

The touring exhibition David Bowie Is was a smash when it launched at the V&A, and it is currently enjoying great success at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Why not share the wonderful world of this music icon with your friends and family by gifting the official exhibition catalog (V&A hardcover or MCA softcover)?

Photo from MCA Store.

Photo from MCA Store.

Perhaps you’re in the market for a less bulky David Bowie offering? Consider these rather awesome lightning bolt earrings.

Photo from Grammy Museum Store.

Photo from Grammy Museum Store.

Having worked in a museum gift shop, t-shirts are a common request (along with the absurd and impossible request for a small, lightweight catalog of the museum’s entire collection, but I digress…) Try this comfortable-looking offering from the Grammy Museum.

Photo from Ashmolean Museum Store.

Photo from Ashmolean Museum Store.

If your gift recipient is a little more classical in their musical leanings, the catalog from the Ashmolean’s relatively recent Stradivarius exhibition might catch their fancy.

Photo from Autry Museum Store.

Photo from Autry Museum Store.

Let’s say someone’s response to the question “What do you want for Christmas this year?” was “Sing me a song of the saddle,” then I have the perfect gift idea for you. Cowboy Songs, a 62-song collection sold at the Gene Autry Museum, will be a perfect addition to any cowboy crooner lover’s playlist.

 

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Photo from Goodreads.

Another gem from the Lower East Side Tenement Museum: winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Nonfiction, Just Kids is a memoir of singer-songwriter Patti Smith’s relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe in 1960s New York.

 

Photo from Neue Gallerie Shop.

Photo from Neue Gallerie Shop.

The Neue Gallerie in New York is wonderful for coffee lovers because of its Viennese-inspired cafes, and art lovers get to enjoy glittering Klimt’s in the galleries, but music lovers can find their spot in the gift shop where books delve into operatic maestro Richard Wagner or a visual look at Mahler.

 

Photo from EMP Store.

Photo from EMP Store.

Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind, a publication exclusively made for Seattle’s Experience Music Project, is an essential guide to the punk rock scene.

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Museumist 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for Foodies

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Photo by Edward Blake via Flickr.

Wisconsin’s Mustard Museum is a regular member of the “Can you believe there is a museum about this?” club. But, if you’re a mustard lover like me, you think it makes total sense. Plus, their store has plenty on offer. Try giving a Gourmet Mustard Gift Set or some mustard making supplies.

Photo by Geraint Rowland via Flickr.

Photo by Geraint Rowland via Flickr.

Food: Our Global Kitchen, the tasty exhibition at the National Geographic Museum in D.C., will whet your appetite. So, it’s a good thing that they have a Test Kitchen serving up tasty treats through late February.

Photo from Barnes Foundation Shop.

Photo from Barnes Foundation Shop.

The Barnes Foundation has six teas whose flavor profiles reflect a particular artwork or artist in the foundation’s collection. Think Renoir Rooibos, Gauguin Mango, and Cezanne Citrus.

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Photo by Howard Lake via Flickr.

Do you know someone who complains about how there aren’t enough food museums out there? Well, help them get New York’s first food museum with exhibits you can eat up and running by donating to the Museum of Food and Drink.

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The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis celebrates all things Swedish, including its yummy Scandinavian cuisine. So, it’s no surprise to see that they have renowned Swedish-Ethiopian chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Yes, Chef for sale in their gift shop. You can buy it online, but if you buy it at the museum you can give yourself a present by eating lunch at their delicious Fika restaurant.

Photo from British Library Shop.

Photo from British Library Shop.

What do you buy someone with a large collection of cookbooks? How about another cookbook, but this one is a beautifully illustrated take on 14th and 15th century dishes and dining.

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Photo from goodcandlebk.com.

Instead of traditional pine-scented candles, gift the tummy-rumbling scents of fig, basil, or rosemary instead. Good Candle makes hand-poured soy wax candles in Brooklyn and you can buy online or at the following museums: Museum of Arts and Design, Brooklyn Museum, and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

Photo from Brooklyn Museum Shop.

Photo from Brooklyn Museum Shop.

Because Christmas isn’t Christmas without a Mondrian cake. Modern Art Desserts.

Photo from Lower East Side Tenement Museum Shop.

Photo from Lower East Side Tenement Museum Shop.

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s gift shop is full of amazing books, and more than a few cover food related topics. For instance, The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread sounds like an interesting read.

Photo from SFMOMA Store.

Photo from SFMOMA Store.

Museum gift stores can actually be great places to pick up amazing kitchen gadgets and home goods, like this Stainless Steel French Press at SFMOMA.

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Photo by llee Wu via Flickr.

Yes, I know that the post promised you 10 gifts, but here’s a bonus gift, and guess what? It’s free. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a world leader in promoting sustainable seafood consumption, and their free Seafood Watch App will help you buy and eat your fruits from the sea responsibly.

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Museumist 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for Natural History and Science Lovers

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Museums devoted to medical history, techniques and tools are not for the faint of heart, and Philadelphia’s famous Mutter Museum is no exception. But, if you have a budding doctor or someone into morbid medical oddities on your gift list this year, Dr. Mutter’s Marvels might be a book worth looking into.

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London’s Natural History Museum is so much more than just an architectural gem, and its varied assets come alive in Dry Store Room No. 1, an enjoyable behind-the-scenes look at the institution and its collections.

birdbingo

Basic enough for kids, beautiful enough for adults, Bird Bingo satisfies all ages of nature lovers.

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For a slightly wacky gift, look no further than the slightly wacky Museum of Jurassic Technology. Perhaps an old-school View-Master box set complete with six reels of items in the museum’s collection–I particularly like the one about the Dogs of the Soviet Space Program–is just what you need.

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Photo by nekonomania via Flickr.

Know a rock hound in need of a gift? Classroom style mineral kits, ranging from a few to a hundred samples, are a beautiful, tactile, and educational present choice.

Photo from Chicago History Museum Store.

Photo from Chicago History Museum Store.

Keep topographic time with a Terra Watch in sandblasted stainless steel.

Photo from Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Store.

Photo from Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Store.

Laura Zindel’s gorgeous nature-themed tableware–Beetle Mugs are just the beginning–is sold nationwide and can be found at many museum stores.

Photo from American Museum of Natural History Store.

Photo from American Museum of Natural History Store.

A notebook or journal is always a good stocking stuffer. Try one with an eye-catching selection from AMNH’s Rare Book Selections.

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Photo by greyloch via Flickr.

If you’re interested in more of a non-material gift, pick up some tickets for a National Geographic Live event near you. This international program of lectures, films, and concerts brings the natural world to you. Explore aboriginal Australia in Kansas City, chase rivers in Calgary, or journey to Untamed Antarctica in sunny L.A.

Photo from Field Museum.

Photo from Field Museum.

Museums occasionally come out with cute and interesting ways for supporters to donate, and the Field Museum has found a winner with its Adopt a Dino offer. Donate in your dinosaur-crazed nephew’s name this holiday season and present him with his very own adopted T-Rex or Brachiosaurus.