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San Antonio Museums Join International Museum Store Sunday with Discounts, Freebies 

click to enlarge MICHAEL MENCHACA
  • Michael Menchaca
Organized by the Washington, DC-based Museum Store Association as a “celebration of the diverse collections and programs of museums and cultural institutions around the world,” Museum Store Sunday is observed in all 50 states — not to mention 12 countries and four continents. Encouraging holiday shoppers to show support for “the missions and programs of each participating museum,” the annual initiative takes shape on a local level via discounts, deals and freebies spread between five locations: the Witte, the Briscoe, the McNay, San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) and a Spare Parts Mini Art Museum (MAM) pop-up at Blue Star Contemporary (BSC).

Among the goodies in the cards this year are Phaidon and Dupatta Scarf Designs trunk shows, 10 percent off purchases and free gifts for the first 25 shoppers at SAMA (200 W. Jones Ave.); coffee, “sweet treats,” 10 percent off purchases, free gifts for the first 25 shoppers and a chance to snag one of 25 prints created for the occasion by local artist Michael Menchaca at the McNay (6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.); cookies, lemonade and 10 percent off purchases at the Witte (3801 Broadway); free gifts for the first 25 shoppers and 10 percent off purchases at the Briscoe (210 W. Market St.); and wee works of art, “itty-bitty-sized creative reuse art kits” and membership deals at BSC (116 Blue Star).

As an added incentive, folks can pick up a Museum Store Sunday “passport” that can be stamped at all five participating locations and entered for a chance to win a gift basket that includes a family membership to each institution “along with other goodies.”

Free, Sun Nov. 25, times vary, multiple locations,

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