Palmer Museum Store hosts Museum Store Sunday as kickoff to holiday sale

November 26, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The public is invited to the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State from noon to 4 p.m.on Sunday, Dec. 1, to celebrate Museum Store Sunday, an international event celebrating museum stores and their impact on their local communities. The event kicks off a holiday sale at the Palmer Museum Store that runs until Dec. 20. On Dec. 1 only, patrons will receive 20% off all regular, non-consignment items.

For Museum Store Sunday, the Palmer joins more than 1,400 museum stores across five continents, 18 countries and all 50 states to sell one-of-a-kind quality gifts of beautiful, inspirational and educational value. Refreshments will be served, and patrons will have access to a curated collection of jewelry, handmade pottery, books, reclaimed wooden artwork, children’s toys and more. Featured artists include ColorUpLife, Suzanne Decker, David Egan, Staci Egan, Cathy Frank, Elli Groninger, Sue Harter, Carol Korte, Kat Oliva and Christine Stangel.

Starting Saturday, Dec. 7, the store also will feature the Friends of the Palmer 2019 commissioned ornament by Bellefonte sculptor Talley Fisher. Inspired by vintage decorations, Fisher’s modern, industrial-inflected design references the graceful movement of kinetic works by Alexander Calder and George Rickey currently on view at the museum. Her commissioned works can be found all over the United States and world in places such as China, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Guam and the Bahamas.

Visitors also can give the gift of art for the holidays by purchasing a Friends of the Palmer Museum membership for themselves or others. Becoming a member of the Palmer directly supports the organization and contributes to its educational impact. Memberships can be purchased for as little as $35 a year and include access to the exclusive Friends newsletter and calendar of events; a 10% discount on most items at the Museum Store; invitations to members-only events, such as opening exhibition receptions, the Friends’ annual meeting and purchase parties; and more.

The Palmer Museum Store sale runs from Dec. 1-20. Store hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. 

About the Palmer Museum of Art

The Palmer Museum of Art on the Penn State University Park campus is a free-admission arts resource for the University and surrounding communities in central Pennsylvania. With a collection of 9,600 objects representing a variety of cultures and spanning centuries of art, the Palmer is the largest art museum between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Areas of strength include the museum’s collection of American art from the late 18th century to the present, Old Master paintings, prints and photography, ceramics and studio glass, and a growing collection of modern and contemporary art. The museum presents nine exhibitions each year and, with 11 galleries, a print-study room, a 150-seat auditorium, and an outdoor sculpture garden, the Palmer Museum of Art is the leading cultural resource for the region.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays and some holidays.

The Palmer receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and from the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information on the Palmer Museum of Art or for the calendar of upcoming events, visit

About the new University Art Museum at Penn State

Penn State and the Palmer Museum of Art are planning to construct a brand-new University Art Museum located in The Arboretum at Penn State. With nearly twice the exhibition space of the Palmer, new classroom spaces and a teaching gallery, flexible event spaces and on-site parking, this building would dramatically enhance the museum’s capacity to offer educational and enrichment opportunities for visitors of all ages. It would be integrated with the Arboretum, inspiring collaboration and creating a unique nexus of art, architecture and natural beauty. And like the Palmer Museum of Art before it, it will depend upon visionary philanthropy from the Penn State community. Learn more at

  • Consignment items available at the museum store during the sale

    An array of consignment items will be available at the Palmer Museum Store during the sale.

    IMAGE: Penn State
Last Updated November 26, 2019