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December 12th, 1998
Museum Welcomes Holiday Shoppers To New Online Store

Creative gifts inspired by the treasures of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are now available to everyone—virtually—thanks to that most modern shopping resource: the Internet! This holiday season, the spirit of giving can take artful and interesting shapes-from a coin-bank based on Jean-Antoine Houdon's marble bust of Benjamin Franklin to Christmas tree ornaments in the form of Rodin's Thinker or Brancusi's The Kiss—all of which can be found at the Museum's online Holiday Store, at

Those celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukkah, whether young or old, can find the perfect complement for their seasonal spirit. Fay's Twelve Days Of Christmas ($14.95), a video by William Wegman that presents the artist's famous and beloved dogs having fun with numbers and shapes while preparing for the holiday, is a fun and educational gift for children. Music fans will enjoy the acclaimed Art in Concert series on compact disc, featuring classical, folk and traditional pieces that were popular during the lifetimes of Picasso, Cézanne, Delacroix, and Michelangelo ($50.00/set of four). Those who prefer a "hands on" approach can illuminate the Festival of Lights with the Bees Wax Candle Kit ($21.00). And the whole family can gather around an extraordinary, hand-made kinara ($530.00), and explore African American heritage in the tale Seven Candles for Kwanzaa ($5.99).

Jewelry, watches, posters, stationery and calendars—all of which are graced with images from the Museum's world-renowned collections—are thoughtful and affordable gifts for art lovers. All orders placed through the Museum's online Holiday Store are secure. For additional information, visit the web address listed above, or call (215) 684-7376.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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