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Smithsonian Musuem Shops - Showcase for Crafts

To serve the varied interests of museum visitors, and to stimulate collectors young and old, the Smithsonian has developed unique shops and bookshops to complement each of its museums. Whether they be authentic crafts, original art and prints, Eskimo carvings, or cornhusk dolls from Appalachia, Smithsonian Shops have enriched homes and schools throughout the nation and around the world with objects of cultural, educational, and decorative interest.

The Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, S. Dillon Ripley, sees objects as catalysts: "Objects are documents to be read as much as the printed page," he has written. "Many people and all ...

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