Museum memberships are always a good gift. Every time the recipient enjoys free admission and other perks, he or she will remember your generosity. By the same token, a lot of museums also offer gift certificates. But I think the Worcester Art Museumís Art Card is an especially clever gift option for someone who might like to date a museum without going steady. Select your gift amount and your recipient will receive an attractive plastic card (sort of like a debit card for art) that can be used for admission, lunch in the cafe, purchases in the gift shop, classes or special events. The museum opened to the public in 1898 and has built a collection that spans more than fifty centuries. If thatís not enough for the art lover on your list, curators also mount intriguing special exhibitions. Iím particularly curious about next springís ''Leisure, Pleasure and the Birth of the Modern French Woman.'' Hey, a girl can dream. www.worcesterart.org; 508-799-4406, ext. 3122. Make your online purchase by noon on December 17 to be sure to receive your card by December 24.
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