There’s Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now museum stores have their own day to focus shoppers in their direction.
Museum Store Sunday is Nov. 26, and The Shop at the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College is on board. The museum is open 1-5 p.m. that day, and will offer specials, sales and other activities:
• The first three shoppers to mention “Gino” at checkout receive a signed hardcover “Bound Ascension” catalog featuring the work of sculptor Gino Miles.
• The first 10 shoppers receive a complimentary family membership and a “PMoA @ 43” hardcover book.
• The first 24 shoppers get a Museum Store Sunday reusable tote.
• The first 30 shoppers win a mystery prize with their purchase.
• Museum members get an extra 20 percent off, and nonmembers get 10 percent off their purchase for sharing their love for The Shop on social media.
“We see how much the public already enjoys making purchases in The Shop because they know they can find something different,” says Visitor Services and Retail Manager Terry Aulisio. “We hope that Museum Store Sunday will encourage people to support a local business, while giving back to the community through our nonprofit museum. They’re sure to find unique holiday gifts and enjoy an entertaining and educational experience at the museum.”
Parents also are invited to bring their children to shop in the Elves Shelves section during Museum Store Sunday. Elves Shelves offers young shoppers lower priced gifts and includes a free gift-wrapping station.
The Museum Store Association launched this international annual event and shopping campaign to offer visitors and consumers inspired experiences and shopping opportunities provided by stores at museums and other cultural nonprofit attractions.
Museum Store Sunday encourages people to “be a patron” by shopping conscientiously and supporting museum stores and their missions worldwide. Holiday shoppers find quality gifts filled with inspiration and educational value, and their purchases at The Shop support the Polk Museum of Art’s mission and programming.
More than 300 museums on three continents, in five countries, and all 50 states are slated to participate in Museum Store Sunday. For a complete list of participating museums and institutions and for more information, visit www.museumstoresunday.org. For more information about Museum Store Sunday activities at the Polk Museum of Art, visit https://polkmuseumofart.org/upcoming-events-content/store2017
About the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College
The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, is a private, not-for-profit academic museum dedicated to promoting inspirational and engaging arts experiences for all. It is one of the Top 10 art museums in the State of Florida, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the only art museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums serving the 561,000 residents of Polk County. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays (closed Sundays June 1 through Labor Day) and closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free for everyone year-round, thanks to the following organizations and individuals: MIDFLORIDA Credit Union; the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation; a Friend of the Community; and Southern Homes. The Museum is fully accessible.
About the Museum Store Association
The Museum Store Association is a 501(c)3 international organization with the mission of advancing the non-profit retail industry, its museum stores, and the success of the professionals engaged in it. MSA offers educational information and programs throughout the year culminating in an annual conference and trade show highlighting the best in the industry. By advocating for and encouraging high standards of curated products, knowledge, and professionalism, MSA helps museum stores and their non-profit retail professionals better serve their institutions and the public.