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Museum Shop Holiday Gift Guide

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The National Building Museum’s award-winning Museum Shop features a wide selection of gifts inspired by architecture and classic design from around the world. From home design elements and jewelry to building kits and books, you’ll find gifts that combine function and beauty for every person on your list.

You can browse the Museum Shop for innovative gifts during regular Museum hours or shop online for unique presents anytime at www.nbmshop.org.

Building Little Readers

Browse a large selection of new books for the youngest readers in your life. Foster a love for design, engineering, and architecture as children learn about famous architects like Zaha Hadid, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Maya Lin, or complete design challenges on their own!

Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines $17.99
The Illustrated Atlas of Architecture and Marvelous Monuments $27.95
The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid $17.99
Iggy Peck’s Big Project Book for Amazing Architects $14.99
The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright $17.99


Additions to Your Library

Build your design library with these titles, featuring David Adjayes architectural masterpieces, stunning photography of Baltimore’s abandoned movie theaters, and innovative ideas for greener building.

May Morris Arts & Crafts Designer $40
Michael Graves: Design for Life $35
David Adjaye Living Spaces $60
Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Movie Theaters $49.95
Garden City: Supergreen Buildings, Urban Skyscapes and the New Planted Space $60


Stylish Kitchenware

Outfit your home with these essential THAT! kitchen tools to help make preparations easier and more stylish. Every product is eco-friendly and provides convenience and efficiency so you can have quality meals faster.

HeatTHAT! Dip Bowl $45
HeatTHAT! Gravy Boat $45
ScoopTHAT! Ice Cream Scoop (two colors) $22
SpreadTHAT! Butter Knife $22
ThawTHAT! Defrosting Tray $65

These minimalist and sleek kitchenware pieces are the perfect addition to any design-lovers home. The black and white color scheme work with any aesthetic.

Fresco Fruit Bowl $32
Medium Gusto Tray $14
Large Gusto Salad Bowl $28
Bowl and Colander Set $27


Paper Games

Challenge your memory and creativity with these innovative paper games. Create a frieze depicting the history of architecture since 1900, or build your own contemporary structure in a battle against the clock. Learn about masterpieces in architectural history through unique black and white illustrations. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Archistory Architecture Puzzle $26
Iconic Architecture Card Game $14
Build Me Construction Game $42
Identic Architecture Memory Game $20

The Wright Stuff

Express your love for Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic designs with these products featuring his classic patterns.

The Patterns of Frank Lloyd Wright Constructibles $13.99
The Patterns of Frank Lloyd Wright Wooden Dominoes $29.99
Frank Lloyd Wright Writer’s Notebook Set $29.99
Frank Lloyd Wright Writer’s Pencil Set $8.99


The National Building Museum Shop—voted the “Best Museum Shop in D.C.” by The Washington Post as well as National Geographic Traveler’s blog, Intelligent Travel—has a range of unique gifts, housewares, and books. Members receive discounts and special shopping privileges. The Museum Shop is open Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. Shop online anytime at www.nbmshop.org.