Better Than a Gift Card: Buy Something From a Museum Online Shop

While some will probably be cautiously reopening in the next month, most of the area’s museums and attractions remain closed for the time being. But if you’d like to support your favorite destination, this would be a great time to patronize their museum shop — online (a few institutions don’t have online shops so you’ll have to wait).

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s online store is open, offering exhibition catalogs, CMA publications, jewelry, notecards, puzzle and games, toys, mugs, posters and prints. If you weren’t able to catch their Tiffany in Bloom and Proof: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet before they closed, you can buy merchandise relating to these two shows.

The Akron Art Museum shop is offering logo souvenirs such as baseball caps, stickers, T-shirts and mugs, as well as catalogs from recent shows, and prints and notecards of works in the museum’s collection.

In addition to themed merchandise, the Rock Hall has a copious selection of music-related books, DVDs and music; its apparel collection is enormous and diverse. It’s also promoting its gifts for a rock & roll woman as the idea thing for Mother’s Day for that mom who loves to rock out.

For the science-minded, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History shop has books, toys, kits and clothing, along with souvenirs. Snag a dinosaur tee or glow-in-the-dark sweatshirt for your kid, or snag them the story of brave sled dog Balto who led a team delivering medicine to combat a disease outbreak. They should be able to relate.

Want to catch up on your Cleveland history. The Western Reserve Historical Society shop features books on everything from fashion to architecture to sports to the women’s movement — with a local slant. They’ve got some neat gift items too, including jewelry, car and airplane puzzles and that “Cleveland Is my Paris” merch you’ve been looking for.

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo online store isn’t huge, but if you want something cute and animal-related, they’ve got felted birds, snakes and snow leopards, and plush animals including gorillas, giraffes, Andean bears and slow lorises, along with a few other items ranging from T-shirts to Kyrgyz rugs.

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