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Gift Guide Continued

This edition of the Gift Guide will be a bit all over the place, but a little variety never hurt anyone. So, here goes…


More Things Like This by the editors of McSweeney’s. Found thanks to the excellent and available through Chronicle Books, this visual and literary mishmash proves to be the perfect recipe of one part high-brow, a little low-brow, a dash of humor, and whole lot of interesting.


Field Notes from Coudal Partners. These handy-dandy notebooks – or, in the words of Coudal, “An honest memo book worth fillin’ up with good information” – are an excellent and inexpensive gift for a budding-archaeologist, angsty teenage poet, people that need-lined-paper-to-avoid-writing-in-a-slant, doodlers, the chronically forgetful, notebook-lovers, and so many more.


Like Field Notes? The you might like these Moleskin Museum Sketchbooks too. Come in 6 different colors. Moleskine Museum Sketchbook – 6 pack: Assorted Colors (1 of each color) 6 total

Things for both guys and girls at For a vintage-loving ladyfriend, how about a one-of-a-kind bag from Lisa Tilly. Still not sure what to get your boyfriend? They have a helpful Gifts for the Boyfriend feature to help you out.


The Handbook of Practical Spying from the International Spy Museum. This gift would be a great gift for someone interested in spies and espionage. However, do you know someone who is nosy that could use some help being more discreet? This book may help deliver the hint. International Spy Museum’s Handbook of Practical Spying


Fifty Dresses That Changed the World from the Design Museum. Anyone interested in fashion or design will find something to like about this compilation, even if it is only debating which dresses should have made the cut. Fifty Dresses That Changed the World


Trying to get your wife or girlfriend more interested in tools? Try this William Morris-inspired tool set from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Pretty and functional, the perfect gift.


It’s a Feast


Feeling like you have put on a few pounds with the holidays well underway and the weather getting colder? Then why not head to an exhibition that celebrates the art of the feast?

Tomorrow (December 10th), the Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, Texas will be hosting a Fine Food Art Night in honor of their new exhibit: Feast. Partnering with Edible Austin, a $10 donation will get you a feast of your own – local caterer will be preparing food inspired by the exhibit. Did we mention that besides good food and good art, you’ll also have the opportunity to do a little good yourself? Proceeds go to Urban Roots, a sustainable agriculture focused youth development program.

Looking through the exhibit preview, I personally enjoy the Magritte-esque painting entitled Banana, which depicts two delicious looking tomatoes.

The event will begin at 6:00.

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Holiday Gift Guide Part II


This holiday season, consider giving the gift of adoption. We’re not talking puppies or babies here, but rather artifacts. Adopting a museum artifact is kind of like naming a star for someone or purchasing a portion of the rainforest for your eco-conscious sister, only better. I mean, how often will they get to see their star or actually visit that plot of vegetation?

Here are some museums offering Adopt-An-Artifact Programs…

Chicago History Museum

The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

NC Museum of History

Penn Museum

Nanaimo Museum

Friends of the Queen Anne’s Revenge

And for next year: The Galt Museum (their annual Adopt-an-Artifact fundraiser ended on November 30th)

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1st Annual Holiday Gift Guide


Well, the holidays are upon us. If my local grocery store and mall had their way, the holiday season would start somewhere around early October, but I think December 1st is a much more reasonable starting point. That being said, I would like to announce the first annual Museumist Holiday Gift Guide. Over the next 25 days, we will be posting some gift ideas for the museum-lover among your family or friends.

To kick things off, today’s theme is…

Art Crime

Heist films, capers real and fake, organized crime, and detectives well-versed in Vermeer or Malevich. If these sound like the interests of someone on your list, check out the gift ideas below.

Art and Crime: Exploring the Dark Side of the Art World The author, Noah Charney, is a member of the Association for Research Into Crimes Against Art. This book explores the question:  how does crime affect the global business that is the art world?

The Art Thief: A Novel Charney tackles a fictional and complicated web of art crime. Warning: few of the characters are very likable individuals.

Museum of the Missing: The High Stakes of Art Crime Art thieves and the detectives who love them, or, rather, love to catch them.

The Irish Game: A True Story of Crime and Art One thing learned from this book: Russborough House could use some better security.

The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft Some of the world’s finest paintings were stolen in 1990. They’re still missing today.

The Thomas Crown Affair Easily one of my top-5 favorite films. A sexy, sleek movie about art, theft, and trust issues.

Topkapi Peter Ustinov won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in this Istanbul-based heist film.

How to Steal a Million Forgery is a family affair in this rom-com heist film.

The Hot Rock Robert Redford, a botched (well, several botched) jewel thefts, a museum, and “Afghanistan banana stand” … what’s not to like?