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Garst Museum Creates Holiday Pop-Up Shop

The Garst Museum refuses to let the pandemic turn everyone into a grinch this year. Fanciful trees are being fussed over and decorated by Butterflies Junior Garden Club, DAR, VFW, and Wildflowers Garden Club, while embellishments are being sprinkled about. Though our traditional Holiday Open House has been postponed for a year, we continue to encourage folks to visit the Garst Museum for a dose of yuletide inspiration.


The staff at the Garst Museum has recently undertaken the duties of Santa’s elves working industriously to create a stockpile of wonderfully interesting gifts. This year marks the first-ever “Historical Holiday Pop-Up Shop” within the Garst Museum and we’re betting it’ll become a beloved holiday tradition. You will find bundled books for the history lover on your list, wool old-fashioned socks stuffed with Garst Museum memberships, curious journals filled with time-lost stories and lessons, and assortments of hardback books detailing the treasured past of Darke County. Our elves have not forgotten about the youngsters. Kiddos will be delighted to have puzzles, wooden toys, plush animals, storybooks, and coloring projects. Specially selected items within the Museum Store will be discounted. Items within this sale, running through December, include Christmas and holiday-themed coloring books, festive soundtracks, Old Time Christmas Angels, and more.


Visit our pop-up Historic Christmas Shop in the Lowell Thomas Meeting Room to find gifts that give friends and family a glimpse into Darke County. You will discover that most gifts have already been smartly wrapped and trimmed with plaid paper—what could be better? Plus, members of the Garst Museum receive an automatic 10% discount off their purchases. Reinvigorate your sense of a community Christmas and put the Garst Museum on your spots to shop from this year!


The Garst Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Masks are required.