On Sunday, Nov. 26, more than 2,100 museums representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 25 countries, and five continents will celebrate Museum Store Sunday (#museumstoresunday), and offer unique gifts for the holiday season.
In the Lehigh Valley, the National Canal Museum, the Sigal Museum, and the National Museum of Industrial History are all participating, with every purchase supporting their missions and programs as well as the artisans and craftspeople who create many of the gifts found in their museum stores.
At the National Canal Museum along the Lehigh Canal in Easton, there is a wide array of unusual gifts in its store, including items made specially for the museum by local crafters.
All merchandise will be 10% off during the event (20% off for members of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor). For every purchase made at the event, the purchaser will receive a free gift – either a canal-themed print or, for purchases of $25 or more, a copy of the book “Stone Coal Way.”
Refreshments will be served, including samples of Boilo, a historic Coal Country drink (non-alcoholic version).
The National Canal Museum and its store will be open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Directions and additional information can be found at canals.org.
The Sigal Museum Store in downtown Easton offers a selection of local artist-made and designed clothing, local history books, mugs, and old-fashioned toys and stocking stuffers. Visit the shop on Museum Store Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. for a 10% discount (20% for NCHGS members). Proceeds benefit the education and preservation efforts of Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society. Visit sigalmuseum.org for information.
The National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem has a diverse selection, including books for all ages, handcrafted items, jewelry, apparel, art, and unique items that reflect the rich local and national industrial heritage as well as a wide variety of Bethlehem Steel-themed gifts. All purchases made in the museum’s on-site gift shop will receive a 10% discount (20% for National Museum of Industrial History members) during regular operating hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit nmih.org for details.
For up-to-date information on Museum Store Sunday, including a list of global museum store participants and online museum stores, visit www.museumstoresunday.org.