Botanical gardens, natural history museums, historic houses and art museums make my heart happy. Do you remember that childhood feeling of excitement and wonderment as you were handed your admission ticket? Do you remember placing the round metal button on your collar, knowing that meant you could go into any gallery. For me, that feeling will never go away as I enter a museum or cultural institution.
This summer you may be touring your local art museum, trekking around a botanical garden or braving the heat at the zoo. If so, make sure you stop in the museum store on your way out. These shops stock the best products with items that are uniquely curated to the particular institution. Your purchase directly supports the mission and programming of the institution...passing along that feeling of wonderment to future generations.