The museum shops, nature centers, farm markets, wineries, and independently owned boutiques throughout Bucks County offer shoppers the opportunity to get away from the crowded malls and escape to the beautiful countryside of southeastern Pennsylvania. Much of the merchandise represents the history, art and landscape of the region, and purchases often directly support restoration and educational programs. Let's take a look at some of what you'll find in Bucks County, PA.
Museum Shops & Visitor CentersThe museum shops and visitors centers in Bucks County are the perfect places to discover the history, art and culture of Bucks County.
84 S. Pine Street
Glass, metal, redware, stoneware and salt glaze pottery, textiles, folk toys and woven rugs are just a few of many treasures available at The Mercer Museum Shop, reflecting Henry Mercers wonderful obsession with American Industrialism. The shop features a large selection of books devoted to crafts, tools, trades, history, childrens education and home restoration, as well as the Bucks County Historical Societys Bucks County: An Illustrated History.
The James A. Michener Art Museum
138 S. Pine Street
215-340-9800 and The Michener in New Hope Union Square on Bridge Street
New Hope, PA
The James A. Michener Art Museums two locations spotlight creative activities and books for children such as the lavishly illustrated Pennsylvania alphabet book K is for Keystone by Kristen Kane with illustrations by Laura Knorr. Pennsylvania Impressionism items range from a new documentary DVD to comprehensive catalogs on Robert Spencer and Edward W. Redfield. The shops also carry handcrafted silver jewelry by local designer Sherry Tinsman.
Pearl S. Buck House & Historic Site
520 Dublin Road
215-249-0100. From rice china to silk wall hangings, chopsticks to porcelain dolls, the best in Asian-inspired gifts are available at the Pearl S. Buck House & Historic Site. In addition to the many items that represent the authors years in China, the gift shop also carries a wide selection of Pearl S. Bucks award-winning novels.
Washington Crossing Historic Park
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA
Where better to purchase books on the history of our nation than along the banks of the Delaware River where General George Washington led his troops to victoriously change the course of the American Revolution on Christmas Day in 1776? The Visitor Center at Washington Crossing Historic Park also sells a variety of redware pottery, old-fashioned toys and prints by Bucks County artists.
National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
654 Ferry Road
The Visitor Center at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, a Polish spiritual and pilgrimage center, offers a wide selection of Catholic-themed gifts, scholarly and devotional books, rosaries and hard-to-find products from Poland.
Bucks County Visitor Center
3207 Street Road
The Bucks County Visitor Centers gift shop features items only available in Bucks County including clothing, art work, cook books, note cards, mugs, preserves and food items from local farm markets, bicycling and walking guides and more. Gift baskets in several price ranges are also made to order.
Nature Center ShopsThe Nature Center Shops of Bucks County offer shoppers a touch of the outdoors at any time of year.
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
1635 River Road
New Hope, PA
The Twinleaf Shop at Bowmans Hill Wildflower Preserve features nature-themed books for adults and children on subjects ranging from flower identification to gardening with native plants. Choose from a selection of colorful T-shirts with wildflower and other nature designs, as well as tailored polo shirts. Delight kids with a ladybug or a glow-in-the-dark firefly T-shirt packaged in a reusable, bug-catching jar. A book entitled Natural Bucks County highlights places to explore in the area.
Peace Valley Nature Center
170 Chapman Road
New Britain, PA
Warm up by the wood stove at The Sunflower Shop at Peace Valley Nature Center and check out the singing stuffed animal song birds, earrings made from recycled materials and Salt Marsh Pottery, featuring designs created by imprinting the pieces with wildflowers.
Silver Lake Nature Center
1306 Bath Road
The Barnswallow Gift Shop at Silver Lake Nature Center carries unusual gifts at incredible prices most items cost under $5. Give your budding scientist a kit to make his or her own volcano, or purchase the Pet Tornado, a cylinder that when shaken forms a mini-tornado that you can hold in the palm of your hand. A book of pop-out wild animal masks is also very popular for children of many ages.
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