September 28, 2023   8:46am

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Last minute gift buying or for just about any occasion throughout the year, Museum stores offer a great selection of unique items that can be bought online or in the shop …

Looking for a last minute gift before the year end? Take an online trip to one of the museum stores! Since these shops have been seriously “curated,” the design and production is generally of the highest quality, and if you want something really interesting (and need it fast), they’re a great place to shop. Another plus, if you’re a museum member, there are special discounts!

Where to go in New York City?


We always find a lot of cool stuff at the Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design & Book Store (go online or to their uptown or downtown shops — from their classic Sky black umbrella with blue skies on the underside ($48) to their bamboo tray Espresso Set ($45), they seem to always have just the right thing.

We often forget the Whitney Museum Store (luckily we have our friend Ginger at Gingerfinds to remind us) which is smaller but also selectively unique. Check out their card cases, like the Blueprint Card Case ($35) which makes a lovely gift for female or male.

Of course there’ s always the Guggenheim Store with their artist-inspired scarfs like the Kandinsky Scarf, Several Circles (1926) ($65) that never go out of style — and there’s a special holiday gift guide area.

American Museum of Natural History Shop is just about one of our favorite places to shop in-store in New York as you find items from around the world for just about anyone. Online, there are Pussy Willow Post Earrings ($115) … Dinosaur puppets ($78) …  Planet Saturn Artglass Paperweights ($140) … frog mugs ($12). Well, it is natural history.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store   is so successful that now they’ve expanded beyond the Museum space. And why not, when you can offer something like The Wobble Chess Set for ($259) or beautiful writing journals and supplies

Make your life easy, more interesting and more interested — shop museums!  And, if you want us to scout out other museum shops in other U.S. places and around the world, let us know …

STORE LOCATIONS for when you want to physically explore:

MoMA Design & Book Store
Midtown: 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY
Soho: 81 Spring Street, New York, NY
(646) 613-1367 or to order (800) 851-4509

Whitney Museum Store
945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021 (212) 570-3614

Guggenheim Store
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (800) 329-6109

American Museum of Natural History Shop
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 100241 (800) 671-7035

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd (the Museum)
Macy’s Herald Square, 151 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001 (212)268-7266
Rockefeller Center, 15 West 49th, New York, NY  212 332-1360
and locations around the city and around the country including some major airports

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