BRADFORD, PA – November 16, 2017 – The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center will join over 550 non-profit museum stores across 50 states and 10 countries for Museum Store Sunday, on November 26. In partnership with the United Kingdom’s Association for Cultural Enterprises and the Museum Shops Association of Australia and New Zealand, the Museum Store Association’s Museum Store Sunday was created to coincide with the shopping trend days of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. This soon-to-be annual shopping event is designed to encourage shoppers to utilize their local museum stores when looking for unique gifts for the holiday season.The newly opened Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center is taking advantage of the international event to launch its new museum shop, which will feature over 150 museum and culture-related products including jewelry, toys and games, greeting cards, and unusual gift items.
“Museum gift stores are some of the most unique shopping experiences on the planet,” said Matthew Hileman, the museum’s Manager. “I want our shop to be a local go-to source for unusual and educational gifts for all occasions.”
All of the profits from the museum’s gift shop will help support education and outreach programs, such as the museum’s free concert series, the upcoming Christmas Market to be held in December, and school visits from around the Northern Pennsylvania and Western New York region.
“There is nothing like this in our community,” Hileman added. “The new shop will be a destination for locals and anyone traveling through our area who is looking for something truly unique. And, shopping at museum stores just makes you feel good because you know you’re supporting something worthwhile.”
Among the new products being offered at the museum’s gift shop will be miniature hand-crank music boxes from Germany, pewter jewelry from England, glass art ornaments made in the U.S., and an assortment of stone tile Christmas ornaments branded exclusively for Bradford, Pennsylvania. Other items include desk clocks, pop-up greeting cards, handmade toys, scarves, and lavishly illustrated children’s books.
The museum shop’s Grand Opening will also include a grand prize drawing for a trip for two to Pittsburgh to see a Pittsburgh Opera production. Airfare and opera tickets are provided by generous contributions from Southern Airways Express and the Pittsburgh Opera. Also included in the drawing will be a deluxe handmade Mozart string art doll made exclusively for the museum and provided by Kamibashi.
Museum Store Sunday is November 26, 2017. The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center’s gift shop will be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Patrons wishing to enter the grand prize drawing must be present to win. Special music-themed pastries will be available in the café to mark the event. More information can be found at www.marilynhorne.org and www.museumstoresunday.org/participating-museums.
About the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center
The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center is a division of the University of Pittsburgh. The museum’s mission is to further interest in the art of opera and to inspire and educate new generations on the importance of art, culture and philanthropy through the life, achievements, and personal archives of renowned mezzo-soprano, Marilyn Horne. The 3,400 square-foot exhibition space features 19 interactive exhibits, a documentary film, costumes, and artifacts from the personal archives of Marilyn Horne. Open daily. Admission is free.