Shopping at Museum Gift Stores in Los Angeles


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Los Angeles is home to an incomparable collection of museums. Visitors and locals alike can spend hours exploring these world-class cultural attractions and view everything from fine art masterpieces to the Space Shuttle. Best of all, museum stores offer a wide range of items so that visitors can take home a memory of their experience. Whether you’re looking for a simple coffee mug or splurging for a limited edition street banner, read on for some of the best museum stores in L.A.

Broad Museum

The Broad Museum

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Since its opening in September 2015, The Broad has garnered worldwide acclaim for its stunning design and the extraordinary works of postwar and contemporary art on view. Integrated into the museum’s lobby, The Shop at The Broad offers products that celebrate both the artists in the collection and the building’s architecture, including limited edition prints, books, gifts, jewelry, The Broad's publications and more. Items range from Andy Warhol Campbell's Soup mugs to Takashi Murakami flower cushions and Basquiat Skate Decks. To access The Shop at The Broad without a museum ticket, go to the south lobby doors. Let museum staff know that you’d like to browse the shop and they’ll let you in. Note that a visit to the shop does not give access to the rest of the museum.

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California Science Center

California Science Center

Young children and educators alike will love the 4,000 square-foot ExploraStore, which features an incredible collection of scientific and educational gifts, toys, kits and materials. The ExploraStore is divided into thematic areas that correspond to the California Science Center's major exhibit galleries: World of Life, Creative World, Air and Space, and Ecosystems. An amazing array of Endeavour-related merchandise, developed to inspire a new generation of explorers, is located within the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion.

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Ringo Starr: Peace & Love | Photo courtesy of GRAMMY Museum, Facebook

GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE

The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the GRAMMY® Awards. The museum store features men’s and women’s merchandise such as t-shirts and hoodies. The world-famous Grammy phonograph adorns items like latte mugs, magnets, “future award winner” bib, and a variety of sunglasses. Beatles fans will want to make room for the "Ringo: Peace & Love" framed banner.

Kaiju vs Heroes JANM Japanese American National Museum

Kaiju vs Heroes Print by Brian McCarty | Photo courtesy of Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum

Located in Little Tokyo, the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) promotes understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. The JANM store offers books, DVDs, clothing, jewelry and unique gifts. Culturally themed items include a samurai sword umbrella, tea sets, origami kits and Japanese holiday products. Exhibition-related products include prints, catalogs and street banners.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) features an extensive collection of art and design items, including books, exhibition catalogs, independent magazines, art prints and street banners. Unique items include a Jasper Johns beach towel and Andy Warhol salt and pepper shakers, designed to look like the artist’s iconic Campbell’s soup cans. Apparel ranges from t-shirts and bandanas to exclusive DRx Romanelli x Levi's: "Finished By Nature 505 Jeans."

The famous "Dueling Dinos" in the Grand Foyer of the Natural History Museum | Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

The famous "Dueling Dinos" in the Grand Foyer of the Natural History Museum | Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The Natural History Museum store offers unique collections of jewelry, exclusive designs of note cards, postcards, posters, books, home decor and gifts including educational toys for children. The goal of the NHM store is to inform, educate and extend the visitor’s appreciation of the museum experience. NHM exclusives include dinosaur themed coffee mugs, keychains and enamel pins. Purchases help support the museum's collections, research and educational programs.

Rauschenberg LACMA Mile

Robert Rauschenberg, The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece, © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Photo: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum Of Art (LACMA)

Visit the LACMA Store during a particular exhibition and you’re sure to find a great selection of related items to take home as a souvenir of the experience. The collection includes posters, jewelry and housewares, as well as limited edition prints and rare exhibition catalogues. High end items include rare and signed books, Peter Alexander prints, Barbara Kruger limited edition sunglasses and Esquivel burnished leather women’s sandals. Depending on availability you could even score one of the famous street banners that promote LACMA’s blockbuster exhibitions.

Craft and Folk Art Museum

Craft and Folk Art Museum

Craft Contemporary

The Craft & Folk Art Museum Shop continues museum founder Edith Wyle’s mission to share beautiful handmade art objects from around the globe. The shop features a delightful variety of items from local and international artisans. Purchases always support both the maker and the museum. L.A.-made items include Besler & Sons, CALILA, Tanya Aguiniga Jewelry, and Tome Ceramics.

Griffith Observatory, Interior

Griffith Observatory, Interior

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Griffith Observatory

The Stellar Emporium Gift Shop at the Griffith Observatory offers a galaxy of Observatory insignia items, as well as astronomy-related and space-themed books, gifts, clothing, toys and other items. Fly into orbit every morning with the sleek Blast Off Espresso Cup, which holds 2.5 ounces of “rocket fuel.” The Thames & Kosmos Scope Constructor is a unique optical construction kit that lets budding scientists build their own microscopes, telescopes, and binoculars. To look the part, there’s a Junior Astronaut Costume for kids and mom can stay warm with her Griffith Observatory fleece jacket.

Getty Center

View of Getty Center  | Photo: Getty Museum, Facebook

Getty Center

Perched on a spectacular hilltop location above Brentwood, the Getty Center’s art and architecture inspires a broad collection of offerings. Getty Center stores throughout the campus feature different selections. The main store, located just inside the entrance hall, has the widest range of books, gifts, apparel, stationery and jewelry, along with a selection of children's books and toys. Unique home items include hand-blown glass and sculptural reproductions. The Children's Shop in the West Pavilion (Plaza Level) features a family-friendly selection of books, art and activity kits, toys, games, and other fun, educational items. The Center for Photographs Shop in the West Pavilion (Terrace/L2 Level) offers photography-related books and gifts, including frames, apparel and specialty cameras. The West Pavilion Plaza Shop features the Getty’s most popular items, while the Exhibition Pavilion Shop offers books and merchandise that complement special exhibitions.

Statue of Liberty Torch at Skirball Cultural Center

Statue of Liberty exhibit at Skirball Cultural Center

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Skirball Cultural Center

Founded in 1996, the Skirball Cultural Center honors the memory of philanthropist Audrey Skirball-Kenis with Audrey’s Museum Store. The store carries a wide range of Judaica, as well as items for Jewish holidays and weddings. Books cover everything from cooking to Jewish history and exhibition catalogs. The museum’s popular Noah’s Ark exhibit is featured in prints and t-shirts. For the art aficionado, there are sculptures, figurines and limited edition promotional street banners. Every purchase at Audrey’s Museum Store supports the Skirball’s educational programs.


Hammer Museum

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Hammer Museum

The Hammer Museum in Westwood is renowned as one of the world’s leading cultural venues for emerging artists. The museum’s cutting edge philosophy is reflected in museum store items like temporary tattoos, limited edition zines and lavish exhibition catalogs. For that art-loving dog in your life, there’s a “Made in LA” dog t-shirt and even a Golda Hiba Wood Atmosphere mist for dogs.

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Replica of Anne Frank's diary | Photo by Daniel Djang

Museum of Tolerance

Recipient of the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations, the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) is a human rights laboratory and educational center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today. The museum store carries on this mission with books, DVDs, lifecycle events, Judaica, jewelry and artwork. Resource subjects include Holocaust, multicultural and teachers. The Anne Frank bookstore is devoted to the extraordinary young Jewish girl who is the subject of MOT’s “Anne” multimedia experience.

Getty Villa Gardens

View of the Getty Villa Gardens

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Getty Villa

Situated on a Malibu hillside, the Getty Villa features an extensive selection of books on classical antiquity and unique gift items, apparel and jewelry. Getty Villa store items are inspired by the museum site, the J. Paul Getty Museum's antiquities collection and special exhibitions. Exclusive items include a Triptolemos t-shirt, handpainted terracotta lion dish and Herakles mosaic floor sketchbook. The extensive children’s collection includes plush animals, op-up books and art sets.


The Thinker | Photo courtesy of Norton Simon Museum

Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum store features a large selection of books on American, European and Asian art, photography, gardens and architecture. There’s also an impressive collection of art-related books and games for children and a variety of stationery, prints and posters that feature works from the museum's acclaimed collections. Asian art aficionados can choose from archival prints like “Adoration of Ganesh” and “Descent of the Buddha.” Enliven your home decor with a hand-carved stone Buddha or sculpture reproductions such as Rodin’s “The Thinker” and “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” by Degas.

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Chanchitos at the Museum of Latin American Art | Photo by Wiebke Schuster

Museum of Latin American Art

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is the only museum in the country devoted exclusively to presenting artwork by modern and contemporary Latin American artists. The museum store offers a curated selection of Latin American arts and crafts, books, jewelry, children's toys and MOLAA branded merchandise. The Chilean good luck charms known as chanchitos (three-legged clay pigs), which sit next to the cash register, are some of the store’s best-selling items. Music CDs feature a wide range of Latin American genres, including Brazilian, bossa nova, Latin jazz, salsa and Afro-Cuban. Dia de los Muertos items include commemorative t-shirts and sugar skull molds. Proceeds from store sales go to support the museum’s exhibits and programs.