What museums have gift shops where your book would sell well? There are museums on nearly every topic you can think of. To find some odd and interesting museums visit MuseumLink's Museum of Museums at U.S. Museums by State or the newly started Canadian Museums.” They also have links to “Virtual Museums” online. To find others do a Google search on “the museum of” and your topic. Although what you are searching for may not come up in the results, it may spur some fresh ideas. Some of the more interesting museums include:
- The Toaster Museum - A site devoted to the bread toaster.
- Toilet Museum - Celebrity bathrooms and more
- Museum of Hoaxes - A good site with great links about hoaxes
- Museum of Pocket Calculating Devices
- The Museum of the American Cocktail
As for the museum gift shops, check out the Museum Store Association at http://www.museumdistrict.com. If what you're publishing is perfect for museum shops, you may want to join this association so you can get and use its directory of members. Cost is about $275 to be an Exhibitor Affiliate. Also, try Event Network: Cultural Attraction Retail, www.eventnetwork.com a company based in San Diego which runs about forty-five museums and other cultural attractions such as the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii.
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