Strathmore’s Artsy Shop Around Set for Nov. 14 – 17 (Photos)

Strathmore’s annual artsy holiday bazaar Museum Shop Around convenes 20 of Washington’s finest museums to open pop-up shops overflowing with eclectic and unexpected gifts in the historic Mansion at Strathmore from November 14 – November 17.

This veritable holiday treasure trove of heartfelt holiday gifts, toys, unique jewelry, one-of-a-kind art, décor and more includes wares from American University—Katzen Museum Store, Foundation for the National Archives, Kennedy Center Gift Shop, The National Building Museum, National Geographic Store, National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Phillips Collection, Textile Museum, The U. S. Senate Gift Shop, Shakespeare Theatre Company Shop and many more.

Admission is $9 purchased online or at the door. Admission valid for all days of Museum Shop Around. Proceeds benefit arts and education programming at Strathmore. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Photo | Hillwood Museum

Photo | Hillwood Museum

Hours for Museum Shop Around are:
Thursday, November 14 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, November 15 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Among the abundance of fetching finds at Museum Shop Around are commemorative holiday ornaments; hostess gifts; hand-painted ties and recycled velvet patchwork scarves; modern home accents such as Adam the Doodles Man from Museum of Modern Art and the sharply-designed neon-colored James the Bookend; handmade felted soaps and other unique finds. Funky and functional kitchen items abound, such as richly-marbled serving slabs cut from abundant fieldstones harvested from New England farms; quirky music-themed kitchen tools such microphone tongs, drumstick chopsticks and a turntable kitchen timer; as well as serving bowls made from recycled vinyl records and record adapter drink markers. Bejeweled baubles and adornments include one-of-a-kind upcycled copper cuffs with rich blue patina, necklaces fashioned from piano wire and accented with pearls, natured-inspired rings, pins and pendants with unique gemstone accents, and necklaces that incorporate heirloom broken china from Strathmore’s famous tea services. Families will find plush stuffed animals and wacky puppets, fun family games and mind-bending brain teasers, at-home craft project kits and vintage-inspired toys.

Spiral basket by Maine Made – Baltic by Design Photo | Strathmore

Spiral basket by Maine Made – Baltic by DesignPhoto | Strathmore 

Loop candelabra by Black & Blum Photo | Strathmore

Loop candelabra by Black & BlumPhoto | Strathmore 

Handmade felted soaps, by Virginia company Ten Good Sheep Photo | Strathmore

Handmade felted soaps, by Virginia company Ten Good SheepPhoto | Strathmore 

A recycled velvet scarf handmade by Anja Bakandika Photo | Strathmore

A recycled velvet scarf handmade by Anja BakandikaPhoto | Strathmore 

Adam the Doodles Man (wire figurine) by Chris Hardy for MoMa  Photo | Strathmore

Adam the Doodles Man (wire figurine) by Chris Hardy for MoMaPhoto | Strathmore 

Free parking is available in the Mansion lot on a space-available basis, located at 10701 Rockville Pike. Additional parking is available in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage. A SmarTrip or credit card will be required for payment to exit the Metro garage on Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15. Parking on Saturday and Sunday at the Metro garage is free.

To provide ease of movement for shoppers, Strathmore asks that visitors do not bring strollers to Museum Shop Around.

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