Shopping at Museum Gift Stores in Los Angeles


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 print, read on for some of the best museum stores in LA.

The Shop at The Broad



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 numerous pins inspired by Basquiat, Keith Haring, Yayoi Kusama and more. 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.

Hello Kitty "Endeavour Pilot" Collectible Pin at the California Science Center

Hello Kitty "Endeavour Pilot" Collectible Pin at the Endeavour Pavilion Store | Photo: 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 themed merchandise, developed to inspire a new generation of explorers, is on sale in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion. For Hello Kitty fans, the Endeavour Pavilion Store is a must - exclusive items include collectible pins, coaster set, key ring, and luggage tag.

"Ringo Starr: Peace & Love" exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum

"Ringo Starr: Peace & Love" | Photo: 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 apparel, vinyl collections, and items autographed by Grammy-winning performers. The world-famous Grammy phonograph adorns accessories like a magnetic bottle opener, keychain, and a "My First Grammy" infant onesie. Beatles fans will want to make room for the limited edition Ringo: Peace & Love framed street 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 tea sets, origami kits and Japanese holiday products. Exhibition-related products include a "Kaiju vs Heroes" coffee mug and "Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty" exhibition catalog.

"Airplane Parts" by Nancy Rubins at MOCA Grand Avenue

Nancy Rubins, Airplane Parts (2003) at MOCA Grand Avenue | Photo: The Broad

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. Wearable art includes t-shirts, scarves and jewelry. Unique items include a Cindy Sherman "Oops" Phone Float and Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup skate decks.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County



Designed to inform, educate and extend the visitor’s appreciation of the museum experience, the Natural History Museum store offers clothing and accessories, books, educational toys, and unique home decor like framed butterfly specimens and a Himalayan salt lamp. T. rex fans can shop for the "Hunter the T. rex" plush, t-shirts, T. rex "California Republic" hoodie, NHMLA mug, keychain, enamel pin, shot glass, and 1:10 scale T. rex skull. Purchases help support the museum's collections, research and educational programs.

Hall of the Eye at Griffith Observatory

Hall of the Eye at Griffith Observatory

 |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Griffith Observatory



The Griffith Observatory's Stellar Emporium Gift Shop offers a galaxy of Observatory insignia items, as well as astronomy-related and space-themed books, gifts, clothing, toys and other items. Budding astronauts will dream of the stars with the Youth Astronaut Helmet and the Cosmic Energy kinetic sculpture. Astronomers of all ages will enjoy endless hours of enjoyment with the portable Travel Scope 50.

Skate decks with details from Robert Rauschenberg’s "The 1/4 Mile" at LACMA Store

Skate decks with details from Robert Rauschenberg’s "The 1/4 Mile" at LACMA Store | Photo: @thelacmastore, Instagram

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, apparel, jewelry and housewares, as well as limited edition prints and out-of-print exhibition catalogs. Depending on availability you could even score one of the famous street banners that promote LACMA’s blockbuster exhibitions.

There are rare and signed books, such as a 1981 first-edition Keith Haring zine - considered the artist's first book ($1,200) - and "Roy Lichtenstein: 1970-1980" ($750, signed by Lichtenstein and author Jack Cowart). Limited editions and multiples include Ed Moses "PARTS-DARC" ($900, numbered edition of 35 prints), and the stunning "Crags and Ravines Make a Marvellous View," a special collector's edition book limited to 300 numbered copies which explores and studies Wu Bin's 17th-century scroll painting, Ten Views of a Lingbi Rock.

"1993 24 Hours of Daytona" limited edition signed print at the Petersen Automotive Museum Store

"1993 24 Hours of Daytona" limited edition print signed by Dan Gurney, P.J. Jones, Rocky Moran, Mark Dismore, and artist Hector Cademartori | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum



If there's a car buff on your gift list, a must-shop is the Petersen Automotive Museum Store, which carries exhibition related items, men's and women's apparel, diecast models, art and collectibles, books, DVDs, and toys for young enthusiasts (and the young at heart). There is something for literally every automotive enthusiast: "OUTATIME" Back to the Future License Plate replica; 1:10 scale Han's Mazda RX-7 Drift R/C; "The Porsche Effect" hand-numbered first edition; vintage style Gulf Racing Jacket ("qualifies as safe apparel for Time Trial, Autocross, Parade Laps") and the "1993 24 Hours of Daytona" limited edition print signed by Dan Gurney, P.J. Jones, Rocky Moran, Mark Dismore, and artist Hector Cademartori.

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 expertly curated shop features a delightful variety of items from local and international artisans. Purchases always support both the maker and the museum. Handcrafted items include dharie bags, Michael Parker cherimoya cups, Dim & Sum Ceramics, and Erica Rosenfeld glass jewelry.

Getty Center



Perched on a spectacular hilltop location above Brentwood, the Getty Center’s art and architecture inspires a broad collection of offerings. Currently available for pre-order: street banners promoting the exhibition, Manet and Modern Beauty. Holiday gifts include Van Gogh's "Irises" hand-painted glass ornament, a Getty Center metal ornament, various boxed holiday cards, and wall calendars.

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.

Stanley Kubrick "Rosemary Williams, Show Girl" at the Skirball Cultural Center

Stanley Kubrick. "Rosemary Williams, Show Girl." 1949. Used with permission of Museum of the City of New York and SK Film Archives.

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 such as the current Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photos. 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 like Notorious RBG. Every purchase at Audrey’s Museum Store supports the Skirball’s educational programs.

Hammer

Hammer Museum

 |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

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 lavish exhibition catalogs and exclusive publications; Hammer apparel, home goods, and a wide range of artist related items like Guerrilla Girls pin, clutch, handkerchief and postcards; and Sarah Lucas' "28 Percent Bent" briefs. For that art-loving dog in your life, there’s even a Golda Hiba Wood Atmosphere mist.

Museum of Tolerance Anne Frank

Anne Frank exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance | Photo: Benny Chan/Museum of Tolerance

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” immersive experience.

Getty Villa



Situated on a Pacific Palisades 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 the Getty Villa souvenir book, lion's head cufflinks, Medusa pendant necklace, and Romano-Egyptian snake bracelet (gold- or silver-plated). The famed mosaic floor in the Getty Villa’s “Temple of Hercules” is featured on a t-shirt, canvas tote, desk and wall clocks. The extensive children’s collection includes plush animals, books and art sets.

Battleship IOWA

Battleship IOWA Museum



Permanently docked at the Port of LA in San Pedro, the Battleship IOWA (aka the "Battleship of Presidents") offers a wide-range of themed items, including t-shirts, caps, coffee mugs, books, compasses and DVDs. One of the bestsellers is a signed copy of "Vicky! Mascot First Class of the USS Iowa," which tells the true story of Captain John McCrea’s little dog.

The IOWA Deck Collection features unique items crafted from pieces of actual decking removed from the IOWA, such as a business card holder, picture frame, flag box, and an engraved plank (12" and 16" available). Proceeds support the ongoing work of the Battleship IOWA.

Amedeo Modigliani "Portrait of the Artist's Wife" (1918) at the Norton Simon Museum

Modigliani's "Portrait of the Artist's Wife" archival canvas print | Photo: Norton Simon Museum Store

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 digital prints like “Adoration of Ganesh,” “Descent of the Buddha” and Hokusai's "The Falls of Yoro, Province of Mino." Archival canvas prints are also available, such as Modigliani's "Portrait of the Artist's Wife" and Monet's "The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil." The canvas prints are $75 each and mounted on wood stretcher bars. Enliven your home decor with a hand-carved stone Buddha, "Carp with Wave" bookends, or sculpture reproductions such as “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.