Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Museums are Coming: Strathmore Hosts 24th Museum Shop Around

Fieldstone food slabs by American Stoneworks

From our friends at the Strathmore...

20 Regional Museums Open Pop-Up Shops with Art-Inspired Gifts

Strathmore’s annual artsy holiday bazaar Museum Shop Around convenes 20 of Washington’s finest museums to open pop-up shops overflowing with eclectic and unexpected gifts in the historic Mansion at Strathmore from Thursday, November 14 – Sunday, November 17, 2013. This veritable holiday treasure trove of heartfelt holiday gifts, toys, unique jewelry, one-of-a-kind art, d├ęcor and more includes wares from American University—Katzen Museum Store, Foundation for the National Archives, Kennedy Center Gift Shop, The National Building Museum, National Geographic Store, National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Phillips Collection, Textile Museum, The U. S. Senate Gift Shop, Shakespeare Theatre Company Shop and many more.

Admission is $9 purchased online or at the door. Admission valid for all days of Museum Shop Around. Proceeds benefit arts and education programming at Strathmore. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Hours for Museum Shop Around are:
Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, November 15, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Recycled velvet scarf by Anja Bakandika

Among the abundance of fetching finds at Museum Shop Around are commemorative holiday ornaments; hostess gifts; hand-painted ties and recycled velvet patchwork scarves; modern home accents such as Adam the Doodles Man from Museum of Modern Art and the sharply-designed neon-colored James the Bookend; handmade felted soaps and other unique finds. Funky and functional kitchen items abound, such as richly-marbled serving slabs cut from abundant fieldstones harvested from New England farms; quirky music-themed kitchen tools such microphone tongs, drumstick chopsticks and a turntable kitchen timer; as well as serving bowls made from recycled vinyl records and record adapter drink markers. Bejeweled baubles and adornments include one-of-a-kind upcycled copper cuffs with rich blue patina, necklaces fashioned from piano wire and accented with pearls, natured-inspired rings, pins and pendants with unique gemstone accents, and necklaces that incorporate heirloom broken china from Strathmore’s famous tea services. Families will find plush stuffed animals and wacky puppets, fun family games and mind-bending brain teasers, at-home craft project kits and vintage-inspired toys.

Ten Good Sheep Felted Soaps

Free parking is available in the Mansion lot on a space-available basis, located at 10701 Rockville Pike. Additional parking is available in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage. A SmarTrip or credit card will be required for payment to exit the Metro garage on Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15, 2013. Parking on Saturday and Sunday at the Metro garage is free.

To provide ease of movement for shoppers, Strathmore asks that visitors do not bring strollers to Museum Shop Around.

Museum Shops Participating in Strathmore’s Museum Shop Around are...

American University - Katzen Museum Store
Audubon Naturalist Society
Foundation for the National Archives
Herb Cottage at Washington National Cathedral
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens
Just Imagine! The Shop at Imagination Stage
Kennedy Center Gift Shop
Montgomery County Historical Society
The National Building Museum
National Geographic Store
National Museum of Women in the Arts
The Phillips Collection
The Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park
President Lincoln’s Cottage
The U. S. Senate Gift Shop
Shakespeare Theatre Company Shop
Supreme Court Historical Society
Textile Museum
The Shop at Strathmore
United States Capitol Historical Society

About Strathmore:
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The Mansion at Strathmore is located at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD, one half-mile north of the Capital Beltway and immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro’s Red Line. For further information or tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit