Add a little art, fun and culture to your holiday shopping

| December 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

THE GODFATHER turns 50. A limited edition of the anniversary poster at the Academy Museum features artwork by Sean Phillips.

This year, make holiday shopping fun and easy by browsing in person or online at any one — or all — of the five specialized museum shops on Museum Row. Here’s a sampling of what’s available.

Get in the holiday spirit with the Corleone family at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, where there’s a wide collection of gifts complementing the new exhibit, “The Art of Moviemaking: The Godfather.”

A limited edition of the 50th anniversary poster of “The Godfather” is $80; the “Corleone Family Cookbook” features “Leave the gun” cannoli and more recipes that no one can refuse.

Other film-related merchandise is available for all ages and includes clothing and jewelry. Children can learn about martial artist and Hollywood movie star Bruce Lee in a hardback from the Little People, Big Dreams series ($14.39).

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, 6607 Wilshire Blvd.,

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ORNAMENTS at the Craft Contemporary Shop include a modern update on a traditional Polish style.

Craft Contemporary kicks off the season with a Holiday Marketplace preview brunch Sat., Dec. 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mingle with the city’s crafty crowd, enjoy a complimentary cocktail and visit the colorful gift-wrapping station; for tickets, visit

The marketplace, which features one-of-a-kind designs by Los Angeles-based artists, continues through Sun., Dec. 4.

Holiday ornaments include a modern take on a traditional Polish style, and there is a wide array of ornaments portraying personalities from Queen Elizabeth and Kobe Bryant to the Dalai Lama.

STYLISHLY SUSTAINABLE, this Kantha Orb hand-carved necklace (made of wood scraps) is at the Craft Contemporary ($55).

Stylish and ethical jewelry and faux tiger rugs are also among gift options.

Craft Contemporary, 5814 Wilshire Blvd.,

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Creatures from the Ice Age, from sloths and mammoths to saber-toothed cats and more, are among finds at the store at the La Brea Tar Pits.

ICE AGE mammals, such as this three-toed sloth, can still be found at the La Brea Tar Pits.

An adorable plush three-toed sloth is $25. The Mini Building Blocks Sabre-tooth is a challenge with 336 little blocks, $15, and a woolly mammoth wood ornament is $12.

“The Ugly Sweater Holiday Cards” ($25) read “Holiday cheer never goes extinct.” Indeed.

Free shipping on orders more than $50. La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., and

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A CLOISONNÉ PIN after “Urban Lights,” the Wilshire Boulevard art installation, is at the LACMA Store.

Salute the iconic installation on Wilshire Boulevard of 202 street lamps by artist Chris Burden with an Urban Light Pin. Made of cloisonné enamel with a silver finish, it sells for $10 at the LACMA Store at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Afro-Atlantic Histories book includes more than 400 works and documents by more than 200 artists from the 16th to the 21st centuries ($69.95).


Bauer beehive mugs, made right here in Southern California and styled after the company’s vintage style, come in several colors ($32).

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.,

Exclusive Tesla merchandise is featured at the Petersen Automotive Museum for its newest exhibit, “Inside Tesla: Supercharging the Electric Revolution.”

YELLOWBIRD was at one time the fastest production car in the world and a model now is available at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Also, a limited edition of the 1987 RUF CTR “Yellowbird,” the fastest production car in the world when it was introduced, can be yours (in 1:64 scale) on sale for $16.99. More models, T-shirts and posters are in the store.

You also can pick up a pair of multifunction pliers in red and black, $4.99 on sale.

Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd.,

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