Are you are lover of the museum gift shop? Do you enjoy spending the last few minutes of a visit to a museum in the store? Well sometimes I find some of the best gear, jewelry, and stuff in the museum store. Here in Chicago many of the museum stores have the same goodies so if you regretted not buying the Frank Lloyd Wright tie at the Chicago History Museum then or the Bucky Balls at the Museum of Contemporary Art well look not further than the Art Institute gift shop! Who knew!
Even the best museums can still have the same goodies! The Chicago History Museum, Chicago Architecture Foundation, and the Art Institute carry Frank Lloyd Wright books, ties, jewelry, thank-you cards. Those same museums carry Louis Comfort Tiffany coasters, books, and thank-you cards too. Frank Lloyd Wright is some of the most popular gift shop gear to find in Chicago’s major museums. You can also find FLW goodies at the Milwaukee Art Museum. He is everywhere!
The two Chicago Lego towers (John Hancock, and the former Sears Tower) of course come in a close second by making appearances at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago History Museum, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The two towers are the in John Hancock and former Sears Tower gift shops and the Lego Store as well as Chicago tchotchke stores at Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue. Also making an appearance at the Museum of Science and Industry is the Lego Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House, Falling Water, and the Guggenheim Museum.
Looking for Bucky Balls and other magnetic toys look no further than the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute. Children’s toys such as robots and the Blind Box Toys with figures from unicorns to monsters. The Museum of Contemporary Art has an extensive collection and the Art Institute is no far behind! The MCA even has butterflies in jars!
Planes, trains, automobiles, and astronaut ice cream! The Adler Planetarium has space shuttle, astronauts, no little green men, and the famous freeze dried ice cream! Don’t forget the Chicago History Museum has some of those sweet treats too. Planes can be found at the Museum of Science and Industry along with the Incredible Hulk in MSI”s miniature Chicago in the upstairs train exhibit! Look for trains at MSI as well as in the summer the Chicago Botanic Garden has miniature Chicago buildings and other famous structures around the United States. Pick up for favorite train gear and engineer hats at the gardens. Lastly, the history museum has the number 1 “El” train and sells Santa Fe freight trains and wooden “El” cars for those tots who can’t get enough choo choo! Think of it has choo choo crazy!
If you are looking for toys for kids or just a kid yourself check out these museums for some of Chicago’s favorite museum goodies and gear!