(New York, NY, June 5, 2001)— The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store – renowned for its gifts and reproductions – debuted in Las Vegas June 4 in a new location at Desert Passage at the Aladdin Resort & Casino.
The 3,100-square-foot store is the first in Las Vegas, and the 15th nationwide, for New York City's landmark museum. The opening at Desert Passage follows the mid-April installation of a Metropolitan Museum Store in New York at LaGuardia Aiport's Central Terminal Building.
The Desert Passage store will offer the full assortment of Metropolitan Museum of Art reproductions, including a wide array of singular gifts such as jewelry, scarves, sculpture, stationery, prints, books, and merchandise bearing the Museum's logo. Sale of Metropolitan Museum merchandise supports the Museum's educational mission of broadening public awareness of art while contributing to basic operating expenses.
The opening in Las Vegas continues The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store's ongoing retail strategy of focusing on high-traffic tourist locations. Commented Sally Pearson, Vice President and General Manager of Merchandise and Retail at the Museum: "Our LaGuardia Store has gotten off to a fabulous start and we anticipate Desert Passage will be equally successful. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is highly recognized and respected world-wide and our store is a great fit for a center that attracts a diverse and ever-changing audience."
Located directly across the street from the Bellagio, next door to the new Paris and surrounding the Aladdin Resort & Casino, Desert Passage takes guests on a 475,000 square foot journey which recreates the experience of travel through some of the world's most exotic
market cities along the ancient spice routes with compelling authenticity and immersive experiences.
The new Metropolitan Museum of Art Store is located near Desert Passage's entrance on the Las Vegas Strip. Its interior reflects the fresh, updated design the Museum has initiated in all new store locations beginning in spring 2001.