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Extraordinary holiday gifts available at Mint Museum Shops

November 15, 2012

Support the museum by purchasing unforgettable finds

December update: New coupon available! Save $5 off any purchase of $25 or more at any Museum Shop in the Levine Center for the Arts! Simply pick up a coupon at the Guest Services Desk at either Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, or the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and save at each institution's shop from December 3 through December 23, 2012. In addition, enjoy special holiday hours at the Mint Museum Uptown Shop: From Monday December 3 through Monday December 17, the shop will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Mondays in addition to regular shop hours!


Forget mall gifts – Mint Museum Shops offer a variety of one-of-a-kind finds. The holiday gift hunt is easy – just stop at one of the two convenient museum locations: Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street, or Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road.

“The Mint Museum offer a memorable shopping experience, and gift-givers have the added benefit of knowing they are supporting a treasured local cultural institution with their purchases,” said Sandy Fisher, manager and buyer for retail operations at the Mint. Museum members receive 10 percent off all purchases over $10 at the Museum Shops.

Here are some recommendations for this holiday season’s finds.

For the bibliophiles:

 One Work: Sheila Hicks at the Mint

“One Work”
This groundbreaking new book combining art and scholarship was recently published by The Mint Museum in partnership with Yale University Press. The book, a work of art in itself, includes a hanging hook embedded in its cover and two pullout accordion folds depicting the monumental four-story work by Sheila Hicks in the atrium of Mint Museum Uptown, Mega Footprint Near the Hutch (May I Have this Dance?). ($40)

For the Decorators:

 Christmas bell

"The Christmas Bell”

The Mint's special edition Christmas ornament for 2012 is handmade by Rebecca Plummer and Jon Ellenbogen of Barking Spider Pottery. It was chosen to commemorate the painting The Christmas Bell (1860) by John Ferguson Weir.  This work is part of the special exhibition The Weir Family, 1920-1920: Expanding the Traditions of American Art, on view through January 20 at Mint Museum UptownBarking Spider Pottery has operated in the mountains of North Carolina for over 35 years. Each of their beautiful,
lightweight ornaments is unique. This ornament is certain to be the perfect addition to any tree! ($19.95)

Crown Ornament 

Queen Charlotte’s Crown Ornament

This design is adapted from the crown decorating the frame of the coronation portrait of Queen Charlotte, the city’s namesake. ($15)



Painted Wooden Reindeer
These reindeer come in two sizes and lay flat for storage. This item sells out very quickly! ($9.50 to $12.50)

For the Little Ones:


 Toy car for web

Wooden Toy Race Car
This classic toy for tots is especially popular and is made by Dick Nease of Olde Towne Woodworks from Gore, VA.  ($10.50)

For the Fashionistas:


 Beaded bag for web

The Little Sequined Bag:

This bag, one of many beaded items that are hot sellers in conjunction with the Mint Museum Randolph fashion exhibition And the Bead Goes On (recently extended to March 31, 2013), is an essential addition to any woman’s closet! ($12.50)


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Gift of membership:

Give a gift that lasts all year long - and provides two gifts for the price of one! For every gift membership to The Mint Museum purchased by a member of the public before December 31, the Mint will give another membership to a family identified by Thompson Child & Family Focus, a local organization serving families in need. (Read more about the Mint's partnership with Thompson here). This will enable many families to participate in the Mint's educational programming who may not have otherwise had the opportunity. Membership brings unlimited admission to both Mint locations all year long, plus free or discounted admission to many programs and classes, invitations to members-only events, discounts at local businesses and much more! Click here to purchase a gift membership.

And this is just the beginning! High-res images of all items are available on request.