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3 Chicago Museum Gift Shops Perfect for those difficult to buy for

With only 8 days to go before the big day, many last minute shoppers are scrambling as usual to pick up last minute gifts. To the surprise of no one, those who procrastinated, or simply could not think of the perfect gift for their family member or friend, are now giving up and just deciding to load up a Visa gift card.

For those who have never considered it before – how about shopping at the museum gift shop? For those who have them, they’re almost always full of interesting souvenirs and potential presents for the whole family. Not to mention you’ll also be supporting a local museum to boot.

Here we break down three fantastic museum gift shops in Chicago that you can consider before loading up that Visa gift card:

International Museum of Surgical Science:

They sell plush toys of organs – including a heart shaped plush called “I got the beat”. How unique is that? In addition to clothing, keychains, socks, sweaters, and stickers, the store is full of interesting goodies and unique items which are fun and possibly even educational for the whole family. Check out the store today at:

Obviously, due to covid-19, please ensure that the items may ship on time – but in any case, the store has many items that make for some great gifts!

Museum of Contemporary Art – Chicago

The MCA Chicago always has some great products on showcase, and beautiful objects for around the home. Got a creative in your home that loves challenges? MCA is selling origami sets for those who are interested in this time tested art ( Best of all, the store is still open to the public, although by appointment only. See more at

National Museum of Mexican Art

Ornaments, books for children, and a min-jarrito – this online store will delight you with all the wonderful things they have up for sale, and all the different colors that make everything so vibrant. Ever wanted a pinata for Christmas? – here’s your chance!

Just a bit late though for on-time shipping, but there’s still a chance. Check them out here:

As we approach the end of 2020, we at Muze would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday! Without a doubt, it has been a tough year, and we hope that 2021 brings brighter days for all. In the meantime, we hope that you continue to support your local museums – via the gift shop or otherwise. Happy shopping!

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