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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.

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

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Photo from Museum of Jurassic Technology Store.

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.

Photo by nekonomania via Flickr.

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.

Photo by greyloch via Flickr.

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.

 

 

 

One Response to “Museumist 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for Natural History and Science Lovers”

  1. Vicky on June 11th, 2015

    Great gift list but a little creepy 🙂

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