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San Francisco’s Museums Have Unique Gifts in Store

San Francisco’s museums offer gifts that mirror their historical background and current exhibitions.

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From classic jewelry pieces to limited edition collection catalogs, the stores in San Francisco’s museums offer gifts that mirror their historical background and current exhibitions.

Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St., San Francisco, 94102
415-581-3600
www.store.asianart.org
Supporting the museum and offering visitors a chance to discover Asia through one-of-a-kind objects, the Asian Art Museum Store is a source of both contemporary and antique traditions. The focus on exhibition-specific merchandise explores and expands upon what is displayed in the galleries with handcrafted items sourced directly from Asia, while buying artist-produced goods supports individuals and communities, ensuring that visitors take home a meaningful memory of their visit.   

New to the museum store, the figure of Avalokiteshvara can be traced back to India. Guanyin is the Chinese form of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. His name means "the lord who looks down with compassion." In China, Guanyin is believed to hear the sorrows of humanity. Designed by a multi-generational family in China, these beautiful sculptures are available in seven colors: clear, green, gold flecked, glow in the dark, teal, blue and amber/red. Each sculpture measures five and one quarter inches tall.

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr., San Francisco, 94118
415-379-8000
www.store.calalcademy.org 
The three stores at California Academy of Sciences offer a wide variety of collections and gifts that are especially themed to each store. There is the Academy Store that is open without museum admission, the Lab Junior for children, and the Swamp Store, which is for aquarium lovers. Many items are focused on sustainably produced and sourced materials as well as being inspired by science and the natural world. 

California Historical Society – Ten Lions Book Store
678 Mission St., San Francisco, 94105 
415-357-1848 
www.californiahistoricalsociety.org 
Ten Lions is a partnership between the California Historical Society and Heyday. Ten Lions features key Heyday titles that focus on California's myriad stories as well as locally crafted items from Bay Area artisans. Ten Lions also hosts curated events and discussions.  Ten Lions Book Store also features jewelry by Kirsten Sabina Designs. The collection derives its inspiration from both the natural and industrial elements of the Bay. Seeds, feathers, vintage beads reminiscent of the Summer of Love, metal tubing and natural leather cording are featured in some of the unique designs.

Children’s Creativity Museum – Creativity Store
221 Fourth St., San Francisco, 94103 
415-820-3348 
www.creativity.org
Located next to the museum, the Children’s Creativity Store carries a wide selection of toys, games, books and other items that are sure to spark the imagination in kids of all ages. Don’t miss the selection of t-shirts, tote bags and stickers featuring Creativity Critters. 

Chinese Culture Center – Visual Art Center Shop
Take a visit to the Visual Art Center Shop for artist and designer driven products, all created with Asian and international inspiration. All artwork and some design pieces are one of a kind and limited in stock. 

  • Main Location
    750 Kearny St., San Francisco, 94108
    415-986-1822 ext. 21
    Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 
  • 41 Ross Laboratory
    41 Ross Alley, San Francisco
    Hours: times by appointment and events

Chinese Historical Society of America Museum
965 Clay St., San Francisco, 94108
415-391-1188 x 109
www.chsa.org 
At the CHSA Museum, the museum bookstore is located in the lobby area. Featuring a wide range of books that focus on Asian American history, art and publications, the CHSA Museum is a great place to buy gifts to take home or give to loved ones.

Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission St., San Francisco, 94103 
415-655-7800
http://store.thecjm.org/index.htm
The Contemporary Jewish Museum Store, the Bay Area’s destination for modern Judaica, offers exhibition-inspired merchandise, art books, contemporary jewelry, modern accessories, innovative design objects, hand-crafted Judaica, and educational kids’ toys and books. This range of unique products helps enhance the visitor experience and support the museum’s mission.  

de Young Museum Store
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., 94118 
415-750-3642
https://deyoung.famsf.org/ 
Located on the de Young’s main concourse and lower levels, the de Young Museum Store offers a vast array of art books and museum publications, distinctive decorative objects, jewelry and home accessories, along with textiles, posters, prints, stationery and educational children’s books and toys, all related to the museum’s permanent collections of American painting and decorative arts, art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, textiles, photography and works on paper. The de Young Museum Store also features custom Art on Demand prints and a noteworthy selection of signature museum products developed by local, American and international artisans.  Museum admission is not required.

Exploratorium 
Pier 15, San Francisco, 94111
415-528-4444
www.exploratorium.edu 
Exploratorium’s two stores were inspired by its onsite exhibit workshop, where the exhibits are designed and built in a workshop that’s open to view on the museum floor. In the main store at Pier 15, look for a large, interactive Triple Vortex exhibit; a store fixture that converts into Scrapple, an interactive sound exhibit; and a cherry-red Art-O-Mat vending machine that dispenses original artworks.  The stores carry unique objects, games and books that focus on science, art and technology; you’ll find a wide variety for both kids and adults. Some of Exploratorium’s clothing and gift items are made by local artisans as well as items designed in-house. All purchases help to support the Exploratorium’s educational mission.

International Art Museum of America 
1025 Market St., San Francisco 94103
415-376-6344 
www.iamasf.org  
The International Art Museum of America (IAMA) store is dedicated to enhancing our visitors’ and members’ experience by offering locally crafted gifts, ethically sourced merchandise, and products that have been carefully selected to reflect our international gallery and help support our programming. The IAMA store’s diverse collection of the highest quality merchandise strives to expand the museum mission of Art and Community, Peace and Harmony. 

Gemart is a tile company which has provided replica tiles of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III's tile paintings for the museum. In the tile room leading into the museum store, guests may choose a small tile as a souvenir to take home in return for a one to two dollar donation.

Legion of Honor Museum Store
100 34th Avenue, 94121
415-750-3600
www.legionofhonor.famsf.org
Located on the Legion of Honor’s terrace level, the Museum Store is renowned for its distinguished selection of art history books, elegant home décor items, classic jewelry, stationery and quality fine-arts gifts that mirror the museum’s permanent collection of European decorative arts and paintings, ancient art, porcelain and works on paper. The Legion of Honor Museum Store also features exclusive lines of products, focusing on Paris and influenced by French taste in tribute to the Legion of Honor’s origin as a three-quarter-scale adaptation of the 18th-century Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris.

Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third St., San Francisco, 94107
415-773-0303
www.shop.sfmcd.org 
Handcrafted and handpicked, the Museum of Craft and Design offers an array of beautiful handmade designs in jewelry, books, home décor, ceramics and more. Choose to shop online or go visit the store in person, which is just located inside the entrance to the Museum of Craft and Design.

Museum of the African Diaspora 
685 Mission St., San Francisco, 94105
415-358-7200
www.moadsf.org
Free without admission, the Museum of the African Diaspora store is located on the first floor and open to the general public who is interested in buying souvenirs. 

SFMOMA 
www.museumstore.sfmoma.org 
Shop the Museum Store for San Francisco’s best selection of innovative design objects, locally made products, jewelry, home furnishings, art books and more.   There are two locations:

  • SFMOMA Museum Store  
    151 Third St., San Francisco, 94903
    888-357-0037
  • SFMOMA Museum Store at SFO
    International Terminal Main Hall 
    San Francisco International Airport 
    888-357-0037

SF Railway Museum & Gift Shop  
77 Steuart St., San Francisco, 94105
415-974-1948
www.streetcar.org/museum
The gift shop in the San Francisco Railway Museum features a wide variety of unique San Francisco gifts, souvenirs and memorabilia not available anywhere else. One flagship merchandise line that the museum has is Market Street Railway’s own Historic Travel Series of images that evoke the heyday of travel posters from the 1920s and 1930s. San Francisco artists John Mattos and David Dugan used these images to depict cable cars and historic streetcars in the context of the San Francisco neighborhoods they serve. Other notable items are fleet posters of all the vintage streetcars currently active on the F-line as well as other unique mugs, t-shirts and kids’ items. 

SS Jeremiah O’Brien
Pier 45, San Francisco, 94133
415-544-0100
www.ssjeremiahobrien.org/store
Located in the #2 Hold, the SS Jeremiah O’Brien store is generally accessible when visiting the ship. Memorabilia items such as apparel and books serve as great gifts for those who love visiting the Liberty Ship, SS Jeremiah O’Brien. A few of the store’s items can be purchased online. 

Tenderloin Museum 
398 Eddy St., San Francisco, 94102
415-830-4640
www.tenderloinmuseum.org 
The Tenderloin Museum opened on July 16th, 2015. The museum celebrates the rich history of a San Francisco neighborhood most people think they know. The 31 blocks of the Tenderloin District are the last bastion of a San Francisco that once was, peopled by immigrants and iconoclasts, artists and activists, sinners and saints. Visit the Tenderloin Museum today and discover the city that isn’t shown in postcards. This is the heart of San Francisco, uncovered.

The Walt Disney Family Museum 
104 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94129
415-345-6800
www.waltdisney.org 
The Walt Disney Family Museum has a selection of items that showcase Walt Disney, his vision, and the creations of the artists who pioneered the film, television, and Disney Parks that we enjoy today. No admission is required. 

BEYOND SAN FRANCISCO

Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito, 94965
415-339-3939
www.baykidsmuseum.org
 The Discovery Store offers a wide variety of educational, interactive and fun toys for children up to 10 years old. A wonderful selection of products awaits visitors, including arts and crafts, music, nature, science and baby toys. For some gift giving inspiration, check their website. The Discovery Store has a list of favorite creative gifts that will bring smiles to the little ones’ faces.

Charles M. Schulz Museum 
Charles M. Schulz Museum offers a wide variety of novelty items, such as cartooning books, Peanuts collection, posters and clothing. A limited edition, signed and numbered, hand-collaged lithograph is also available in stores. Snoopy’s Gallery and Gift Shop features 2,400 square feet of a wide range of products that appeal to Peanuts fans of all ages and tastes. 

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, 93940 
831-648-4800 
www.montereybayaquarium.org 
Monterey Bay Aquarium offers items that are available in four different gift and bookstore locations in the Aquarium. Each store offers a slightly different assortment of merchandise that ranges from plush toys, apparel, books and media and souvenirs. Items are sold also online. 

USS Hornet 
707 W Hornet Ave., Alameda 94501
510-521-8448
www.uss-hornet.org
The USS Hornet’s museum store, the Ship’s Store, is located directly on the main deck of the famous aircraft carrier and offers books, patches, hats and other memorabilia that can bring historic events to life—from WWII to the Apollo moon landings. 

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