New gift shop at Carnegie Museum of Art opens next Saturday

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Gift shops are always a popular part of a museum, and the Carnegie Museum of Art has just redesigned its current one on the museum’s first floor.

Those attending Friday’s free opening of the “Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again” design exhibit will get a sneak peek of the new CMOA Design Store, which officially opens next Saturday.

While the gift shop continues to occupy its current footprint near the fountain entry on Forbes Avenue, it’s been redesigned to be more open and airy, and includes flexible display shelving and a special space for children.

In addition to seasonal products and exhibition-driven selections, it will continue to offer a large collection of art-inspired and vibrant jewelry and will include Pittsburgh’s best selection of art, photography, architecture and design books, said spokesman Jonathan Gaugler.

Karen Peter, the same consultant who helped expand and redesign the gift shop in the Warhol Museum on the North Side, was used for the CMOA Design Store, he said. Construction took about 1½ months.

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