Prepare to peruse the shelves of some of Fort Worth’s best — and most surprising — shopping destinations: the city’s museum boutique shops. From intriguing items at the Modern to chic western wear at the Shop at the Cowgirl, there are plenty of reasons beyond art to hit up Fort Worth’s incredible museums.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art Museum Store
Photography lovers have long known that the Museum Store at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art is a fantastic place to shop for gifts. Photography books like In the American West and In Wildness is the Preservation of the World let you take a little bit of the museum’s exhibits home with you. But the store’s hottest items this summer hail from Austin's own Treisi Jewelry. An assortment of designer pieces at affordable prices are available at the museum store — one of the few boutiques in Texas to carry the line. The pieces are feminine and sculptural in their simplicity and the perfect addition to any summer outfit.
Kimbell Art Museum Shop
The Kimbell Signature collection has something for everyone. Foodies love The Kimbell Cookbook, written by the museum’s director of food services, Shelby Schafer. The exclusive book features 335 of Schafer’s favorite recipes. Silk scarves featuring details of some of the museum’s permanent collection — Maison Maria with a View of Chateau Noir by Paul Cezanne; a six-paneled floral screen from 17th-century Japan by Kano Shigenobu — are must-haves that can’t be found anywhere else.
Sid Richardson Museum Store
In the market for a truly Texan gift? Pop by the Sid Richardson Museum Store in Sundance Square and check out the store’s offerings of Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell reproductions. Permanent exhibitions of both artists’ works can be found on the walls of the museum, but you can make a framed canvas reproduction yours, thanks to the store’s extensive collection. Remington’s iconic The Cow Puncher is one of the store’s favorite pieces and is a stunning black-and-white image of the Old West.
The Modern Shop
With the Modern Museum of Fort Worth’s annual anime fest coming up this August, the hottest items available at The Modern Shop hail from Japan. The shop’s pop-up store-within-a-store features Totoro merchandise and books corresponding to the anime films that will be shown through the month. Other interesting items — like the Happy Mat by EZPZ — offer fun, modern alternatives to everyday products. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the Modern.
The Shop at the Cowgirl
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame may be dedicated to honoring trailblazing women of the American West, but you can look like a fashion trailblazer with some of the shop’s bestselling items. The Pachamama Serape Dress is a chic way to keep cool, with its colors reminiscent of a Southwestern sunset, and it can be worn on the shoulder or off. Grab a pair of sterling silver Zuni-made turquoise earrings or a Wanderlust Floppy Hat to top it off, and you’re ready to hit the town. Other must-haves include gifts like the Cowgirl Quote Cutting Board with the inscription from 1997 Honoree Connie Reeves, “Always saddle your own horse,” and the adorable traditionally made infant moccasins ready to shield tiny feet from the warm pavement.
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