QuadCities.com is offering a series of features running today between 2 and 5 p.m. showcasing local businesses in advance of Small Business Saturday, AND, in this case, Museum Store Sunday. 

The Figge Art Museum Store and Putnam Museum Store will be participating in Museum Store Sunday on Sunday, Nov. 29 from noon-5 p.m. There are 1,600 Museum Stores representing all 50 states, 24 countries, and five continents participating in the promotion.

The Figge Art Museum, Davenport, is among 1,600 museums worldwide to participate in Museum Store Sunday.

The Figge Art Museum Store at 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, has socks, jewelry, notebooks, masks with art pieces, wraps, throws, works by local artist, and more. Plus, all shoppers on Museum Store Sunday will receive a Grant Wood-themed free gift with any purchase as well as free gift wrap. Patrons are also invited to enter to win a special gift basket from the Figge store on Museum Store Sunday only.

All purchases are tax free and support the museum’s mission of bringing art and people together. Museum members receive a discount in the Museum Store all year round. Not a member? Join today at www.figgeartmuseum.org or gift a membership to the art lover in your life! For curbside pickup or shipping rates for store items, please contact Beth Peters at bpeters@figgeartmuseum.org or 563-345-6643.

“If you are looking for a less stressful, safe and simple shopping experience, the Figge Museum Store is the place to be,” said Museum Store manager Beth Peters. “We have items you won’t find in the big box stores and all purchases support the museum, so it’s just one way you can give back this holiday season.”

Masks and social distancing are required and there is a limit of eight guests in the store at a time. At the Putnam, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport, the museum store was relocated this summer to the new entrance right off the parking lot. Because the museum can’t offer its popular Polar

The Putnam Museum offers this Polar Express PJ Party shirt for $19.

Express Pajama Party, it’s selling a PJ party home kit ($34.99) that includes the following in a reusable tote bag:

  • 2 silver jingle bells
  • 4 souvenir laser-cut snowflake ornaments
  • Craft activities
  • 4 souvenir golden tickets
  • 2 train whistles
  • Hot Cocoa fixins for four
  • 4 cookies from Cookies by Design
  • 4 General Admission passes for the Putnam to use at a later date

Museum Store Sunday at the Putnam features 15 percent off regular store items and a free tote bag for purchases over $75, Putnam president/CEO Rachael Mullins said Wednesday.

The store is slightly smaller than the regular space, but still includes favorite items, she said, noting there are products coinciding with new exhibits like the women’s suffrage from earlier this year, and the current toys exhibit, appropriate for the holiday season.

While the Putnam Giant Screen Theater remains closed and Polar Express PJ parties can’t happen due to the pandemic, they still offer the photo booth and a reindeer scavenger hunt in the museum, Mullins said.

“The kits are a subscription you can purchase online and use at home,” she said. The PJ parties typically host upwards of 1,500 people each holiday season, Mullins said.

You can visit the Putnam store at https://the-putnam-museum-store.mybigcommerce.com/.

For a complete list of participating Museum Store Sunday museums and institutions, and for more information, visit www.museumstoresunday.org.

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Jonathan Turner has been covering the Quad-Cities arts scene for 25 years, first as a reporter with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, and then as a reporter with the Quad City Times. Jonathan is also an accomplished actor and musician who has been seen frequently on local theater stages, including the Bucktown Revue and Black Box Theatre.