How Museum Stores Support Their Museum and Local Artists

You’ve probably visited a museum store looking for a memento of your experience or even a gift for a friend. Museum stores aim to reflect the experience of the overall museum. Purchases at a museum store support the overall programming at museums such as exhibitions, education, and events. 


  • Local Artists – Museum stores often work with local and select artists to extend the museum experience. In addition, it is important for museum stores to tell the story of the local greater community in which it resides. Museum store managers are similar to a museum curator who uses space and objects to tell a story. And the best part of the shop at a museum is that you can purchase a part of the story that speaks to you and take it home, while you are also supporting the work of the museum.


  • Connections – Museum stores help connect patrons and artists. The connection between artists and museum stores and their customers can be symbiotic. The local artist may receive increased exposure to museum going patrons, and museum patrons will enjoy discovering new art and itesm with local significance.


  • National Associations – The Balloon Museum Shoppe is a member of the national organization, Museum Store Association (MSA) which boasts hundreds of members. Visiting the MSA website, you find online museum shops from across the country ranging from gardens, science, art & history museums. Hundreds of museum stores participate in “Museum Store Sunday”, the 1st sunday of every December. Similar to Giving Tuesday & Black Friday, Museum Store Sunday encourages philanthropic holiday shopping at Museum Stores on that Sunday but also year round.

The Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation proudly highlights local artists through our NM Artist Series at the Museum Shoppe. We promote a variety of items that highlight the wonderful works of art they have created for the Artist Series. Visit the Shoppe during your next visit to the Museum or shop online from the comfort of your home to find extensive balloon-themed gifts.


The Balloon Museum Foundation raises awareness, involvement, and funds for the Balloon Museum. Our goal is to uplift the Museum through project collaboration, artifact donations, and shared information and resources.  You can support our efforts by becoming a member, donating, volunteering, or purchasing a wall tile today!