News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office
Leonardtown, MD– On Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, for the third consecutive year, more than 1,200 Museum Stores representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 15 countries and four continents will offer a unique and experiential shopping opportunity at museums and cultural institutions during Museum Store Sunday.
The Friends of St. Clement’s Island & Piney Point Museums are thrilled to participate in this signature annual initiative and join museum stores worldwide by offering quality gifts filled with inspiration and educational value to consumers and support our county-run historic sites and museums.
“We are delighted to participate in Museum Store Sunday and offer a unique shopping experience with special events including our free admission Holiday Open Houses December 1 and a 25% off promotion on our exclusive Crab Pot Christmas Trees,” said Jayne C. Walsh, Museum Store Manager. “This year, we are also excited to showcase our broad assortments of local crafts, books, and art produced by Southern Maryland artisans and authors. We invite everyone to ‘Be A Patron,’ as every purchase from our museum stores directly supports the educational mission of the St. Mary’s County Museum Division.”
Unique local items are not the only gifts you can purchase at the museums. “We are also excited to offer a free family membership with a purchase of $100 or more in the Museum Stores this holiday season,” says Amber Puschinsky, Fundraising Coordinator for the Friends.
“Buying a Membership helps support the museum all year-round and includes many great benefits such as a 10% in-store discount and lots of other perks.”
Museum Store Sunday is just the start of the many ways you can support your local museums this holiday season. The public can enjoy holiday shopping at the museum stores all December long. Shoppers can visit the stores daily, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when they are closed.
While shopping, why not check out the holiday exhibits as well? They run from Dec. 1, 2019, until Jan. 5, 2020, at both St. Clement’s Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum daily, noon to 4 p.m., except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when they are closed. Regular admission rates apply.
Museum Store Sunday has quickly become the global annual day to “Be a Patron” and shop conscientiously and support museum stores and their missions worldwide. While there is only one Museum Store Sunday each year, everyone is encouraged to “Be a Patron” of museums and museum stores all year-round.
The Friends of St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums raise funds in order to support historical interpretation, education programs and special needs of the sites managed by the Museum Division of St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks.
The Friends organization is a 501(c) 3 organization that sponsors events, assists with acquisitions and supports efforts to broaden the understanding of our culture and community heritage.
The Museum Store Association is a 501(c)3 international organization with the mission of advancing the non-profit retail industry, its museum stores, and the success of the professionals engaged in it. MSA offers educational information and programs throughout the year culminating in an annual conference and trade show highlighting the best in the industry. By advocating for and encouraging high standards of curated products, knowledge, and professionalism, MSA helps museum stores and their non-profit retail professionals better serve their institutions and the public.