Monday, October 20, 2014

Strathmore Celebrates 25 years of Museum Shop Around Holiday Bazaar Nov. 13-16

From our friends at Strathmore...

25 Years of Tradition: Strathmore Celebrates Silver Anniversary of Museum Shop Around

20 regional museums and arts centers open pop-up shops with art-inspired gifts

From Thursday, November 13 through Sunday, November 16, 2014 Strathmore celebrates 25 years of its artsy holiday bazaar Museum Shop Around, featuring pop-up shops from 20 of D.C.’s favorite cultural institutions in the Mansion at Strathmore. This community favorite has built a reputation for infusing the holidays with the unexpected, heartfelt, handmade, and art-inspired—a virtual treasure trove of holiday gifts. Organizations bringing their shops on the road include The Kennedy Center, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, The Phillips Collection, National Building Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park, National Geographic Museum, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Foundation for the National Archives, American University Museum - Katzen Arts Center, Just Imagine! The Shop at Imagination Stage, Brookside Gardens, Supreme Court Historical Society, International Spy Museum, Audubon Naturalist Society, Herb Cottage at Washington National Cathedral, Montgomery County Historical Society, President Lincoln’s Cottage, the College Park Aviation Museum, and, of course, Strathmore.

Admission is $8 if purchased online and $9 at the door. Admission is 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 13, 2014 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday, November 14, 2014 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Among the abundance of eclectic treasures bursting from every corner of Museum Shop Around are fun and funky jewelry like baubles crafted from mixed metals, positive quotes stamped on metal plates, and vintage finds; sleek, organic handcrafted sterling jewelry; and iridescent bracelets made from glass cast in bronze. On the softer side are wearables such as vibrant handmade silk chiffon and merino wool scarves, colorful fingerless mittens made from soft recycled cotton, and reversible bags in durable and eco-friendly fabrics created in limited productions.

Forever embracing the offbeat and quirky, Museum Shop Around will also feature hand-carved wooden beard combs; kitschy candy cane and guitar tea infusers; plantable paper herb kits with vintage silverware garden markers; hand-poured soy candles in repurposed wine bottles in vino-inspired fragrances; limited edition Blenko Glass hand-blown water bottles celebrating the seasons; socks emblazoned with classic works of art, and more. Kids will delight in the felted puppets and stuffed animals of Cate & Levi, exercise their minds with adorable puzzles from BeginAgain, and get creative while they eat with washable doodle placements from British company doodle by stitch. Shoppers can whistle while they work - and eat - in the kitchen with musically-themed TrebleMaker mugs, Here Comes Treble aprons, potholders and mitts; playful puppet dish glove’s from Fred and Friends that turn chore time to fun time; and tea mugs that become hot tubs when loose tea leaves are tossed into the pants of the Mr. Tea infuser. Lightly scented olive oil-based soap in felted wool and quadruple-milled, all-natural soaps packaged with inspirational quotes and photographs turn the bathroom into a luxurious sanctuary.

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 13 and Friday, November 14, 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.

Click here to see our coverage of last year's bazaar.

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