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Five unique gift ideas from local museum shops

Abdi Isaaq

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - When you're looking for a gift that is slightly different from the usual, consider getting it from a museum gift shop.

Today's museum shops are more than just places to buy promotional materials for the latest exhibit. They're also places to discover the coolest and latest in art.

1. Hand-made gifts at WAM

The Weisman Art Museum's gift shop is awash in colorful works by artists of all levels. There are also pieces by those who just happen to be in the gallery. These pieces come from various local artists and companies, including Silvercocoon, Yen Yin Chee, and Woodchuck. There are also some fantastic, worldly baskets made by Kate Herzog's House of Talents.

2. Authentic Russian gifts at the Museum of Russian Art

The Museum of Russian Art gift shop is an off-the-beaten-path treasure that will appeal to anyone with Russian/Soviet roots. Come in and discover the world of Russian art, from fine art to hand-made jewelry and more.

3. Swedish Accessories at the American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute is where Nordic design meets modern, yet still full of character and vitality. With various furniture, home goods, and even fictional works, the shop is a must-visit for anyone wanting to get their Nordic fix.

4. Artsy general store at Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center is a modern-art powerhouse. It is recognized internationally for its impeccable reputation. It has a shop with a repository for the best in art and a one-stop shop for all your modern-art-related needs.

5. Beautiful boutique at MIA

The shop features a variety of high-end goods, including kitchenware and home decor. It also has plenty of room for kids' toys and jewelry.

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