Our Mission Statement
The Museum Shop is here to support non-profit entities, from art museums to science centers, arboretums to zoos, and many more. The Museum Shop’s mission, to champion nonprofit entities and nurture education in partnership with our members and allies, helps to finance our member nonprofits’ extensive public outreach and educational exhibits and programs.
TheMuseumShop.Org offers hundreds of unique items including jewelry, apparel, fine gifts, beautiful decor, toys, and much more. All products are reflective of our member non-profits’ exhibits and educational programs. Shop here.
Your tax-deductible purchase supports our museum and non-profit members (see members here). We also accept cash donations and collectible donations, which will be credited to the member of your choice (see policy here). Through your donations to The Museum Shop, we raise funds for our partners’ exciting public programs and innovative educational outreach initiatives; and we can continue to strive to accomplish our mission. Donate here.
Why we Started
Non-profit organizations across the country are under threat of permanent closure. We want to help these non-profits through our member partnership, creating a lifeline that both promotes their mission while allowing them to save money traditionally budgeted for in-house operations, outreach, and digital management.
The Museum Shop’s mission, to champion nonprofit entities and nurture education in partnership with our members and allies, helps to finance our members’ extensive public outreach and educational exhibits and programs.”
On June 8, 2020, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) launched a survey designed to capture a snapshot of the state of US museums during the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. By the time the survey closed on June 30, directors of 760 museums of all types and sizes had reported on their plans for reopening, the projected financial impact of the pandemic, and the services they were providing to their communities.
The survey results document extreme financial distress in the museum field. One-third (33%) of respondents were not confident they would be able to survive 16 months without additional financial relief, and 16 percent felt their organization was at significant risk of permanent closure. The vast majority (87%) of museums have only 12 months or less of financial operating reserves remaining, with 56% having less than six months left to cover operations. Forty-four percent had furloughed or laid off some portion of their staff, and 41 percent anticipated reopening with reduced staff.
During the pandemic, 75% of museums stepped into their pivotal role as educators providing virtual educational programs, experiences, and curricula to students, parents, and teachers. However, two-thirds (64%) of directors predicted cuts in education, programming or other public services due to significant budget cuts.
Download the findings from the National Survey of COVID-19 Impact on United States Museums.
Your donations through the form below will help finance our member nonprofits’ extensive public outreach and educational exhibits and programs.