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Max Touhey

New York City’s best museum gift shops

Find the perfect present for anyone on your list at these museum shops

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The MoMA Store.
| Max Touhey

The holidays are fast approaching, and if you haven’t already done your shopping for the season, or you’re stumped on where to start, we have a suggestion: go to a museum gift shop.

There are dozens of museums throughout the city catering to a variety of interests (science, history, movies, you get the idea), with stores that speak to the collections at each one. For those who are design-obsessed, there are plenty of stellar shops (including MoMA’s new store on 53rd Street) with stylish items that rival the best home goods stores. And if you’re shopping for a New York City nerd, you’ll find plenty of quirky gifts at spots like the Brooklyn Historical Society or the Museum of the City of New York.

So don’t panic if you’re still searching for the perfect present; these 15 stores at city museums have you covered.

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1. Tenement Museum

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103 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(877) 975-3786
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One of New York City’s most underrated museums is also home to one of the city’s best museum stores. You’ll find plenty of Gotham-centric books, accessories, and tchotchkes, but the shop really shines when it comes to items related to its mission: preserving the history of the Lower East Side and its immigrant communities.

2. The Morgan Library & Museum

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225 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 685-0008
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After you’re done gawking at JP Morgan’s exquisite library—simply one of the best rooms in New York City, period—pay a visit to the Morgan Library’s store, which has lots of elegant gifts.

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3. New York Public Library

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476 5th Ave
New York, NY 10018
(917) 275-6975
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The New York Public Library isn’t a museum per se, although the main branch on 42nd Street does host plenty of fascinating exhibitions. It does, however, have a stellar gift shop that has plenty of gifts for the bibliophiles in your life. There’s also plenty of dedicated NYPL merch: Snag bookends shaped like the library’s iconic lions, Patience and Fortitude, or a tote bag that looks like a library check out card.

4. The Museum of Modern Art

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11 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 708-9400
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MoMA has three stores throughout the city, but to knock out all of your gift-giving responsibilities at once, head to the revamped store within the museum on 53rd Street. Here, you’ll find thousands of books on art, architecture, and design; a curated selection of stylish housewares, including items from Hay and Muji; and plenty of presents for art fanatics, from prints to enamel pins.

5. Museum of Arts and Design

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2 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10019
(212) 299-7777
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If you’re searching for a present for your design-obsessed friend, head to this Midtown institution: MAD’s store has tons of quirky, stylish gifts, including hand-thrown ceramic trays, wooden trivets in mesmerizing patterns, and fruit bowls shaped like … fruits. Also cool: a tote bag printed with a lollipop pattern inspired by the museum building’s design.

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6. New-York Historical Society

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170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400
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As the name of this institution suggests, this is the place to go if you need a gift for a New York history nerd. There are books and tchotchkes aplenty, including lots of Tiffany merchandise—the museum is home to a large collection of lamps from the famed company—and festive holiday trimmings.

7. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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1000 5th Ave
New York, NY 10028
(212) 535-7710

What won’t you find at the Met Museum’s various stores? The collection is as vast and varied as the artworks on view in the humongous institution, and includes books (on art, architecture, history, and more), clothing, home goods, holiday decorations, and jewelry.

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8. Neue Galerie

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1048 5th Ave
New York, NY 10028
(212) 628-6200
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The Neue Galerie may not be huge, but it has one of the more impressive museum stores in the city, especially for fans of turn-of-the-century design. It’s especially good for housewares, including items by Austrian designers like Josef Hoffman (including the trash can that allegedly inspired Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue) and Otto Prutscher.

9. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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1071 5th Ave
New York, NY 10128
(212) 423-3500
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Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Guggenheim building will find no better place to snag building merch than the museum’s gift shop, which has tees, mugs, and even jewlery inspired by the circular structure. It’s also an excellent place to stock up on arty home goods, such as plates emblazoned with pieces by Robert Mapplethorpe.

10. Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

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2 E 91st St
New York, NY 10128
(212) 849-8400
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Given the fact that the Cooper-Hewitt’s collection includes more than 200,000 design items, it’s not surprising that its gift shop is an excellent resource for chic, functional, or just plain interesting tchotchkes. Some of our favorites include a collection devoted to the Bauhaus in honor of the collective’s 100th anniversary, and prints by legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser.

11. Museum of the City of New York

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1220 5th Ave
New York, NY 10029
(212) 534-1672
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Head to the Museum of the City of New York’s shop if you’re searching for a book about New York City; the store is chock full of excellent picks, including tomes about architecture, history, guidebooks, and design. (The museum’s own exhibition catalogs make great gifts!) You’ll also find lots of nifty budget-minded gifts, like a ceramic version of the iconic Anthora coffee cup for $13.

12. Queens Museum

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New York City Building
Corona, NY 11368
(718) 592-9700
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This museum store is devoted to all things Queens: books about the borough, gifts by local artists, and items festooned with Queens landmarks. There’s also a wide and rotating selection of items related to the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, both of which took place in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (the museum building itself had a starring role).

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13. New York Transit Museum

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99 Schermerhorn St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 694-1600
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The Transit Museum has a few gift shops around the city (one at Grand Central Terminal, and another next to the MTA’s headquarters near Bowling Green), but the museum store at its Downtown Brooklyn hub has the most variety. You’ll find plenty of toys for train-obsessed tots, as well as all the Massimo Vignelli subway map merch your design-loving heart desires.

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14. Brooklyn Historical Society

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128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 222-4111
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For Kings County obsessives, the Brooklyn Historical Society is the place to go: Everything in the store has some relation to the borough, whether it’s books, prints, or jewelry. The shop also carries items from Brooklyn-based makers, including Dona teas and Tattly temporary tattoos.

15. Brooklyn Museum

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200 Eastern Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 638-5000
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The Brooklyn Museum’s shop is another stellar spot for borough-themed gifts, as well as items related to its blockbuster exhibits. The institution recently partnered with streetwear brand Only NY on a collection of extremely hot Brooklyn Museum-themed drops, including colorful totes and tees.

1. Tenement Museum

103 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

One of New York City’s most underrated museums is also home to one of the city’s best museum stores. You’ll find plenty of Gotham-centric books, accessories, and tchotchkes, but the shop really shines when it comes to items related to its mission: preserving the history of the Lower East Side and its immigrant communities.

103 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

2. The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
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After you’re done gawking at JP Morgan’s exquisite library—simply one of the best rooms in New York City, period—pay a visit to the Morgan Library’s store, which has lots of elegant gifts.

225 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10016

3. New York Public Library

476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

The New York Public Library isn’t a museum per se, although the main branch on 42nd Street does host plenty of fascinating exhibitions. It does, however, have a stellar gift shop that has plenty of gifts for the bibliophiles in your life. There’s also plenty of dedicated NYPL merch: Snag bookends shaped like the library’s iconic lions, Patience and Fortitude, or a tote bag that looks like a library check out card.

476 5th Ave
New York, NY 10018

4. The Museum of Modern Art

11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

MoMA has three stores throughout the city, but to knock out all of your gift-giving responsibilities at once, head to the revamped store within the museum on 53rd Street. Here, you’ll find thousands of books on art, architecture, and design; a curated selection of stylish housewares, including items from Hay and Muji; and plenty of presents for art fanatics, from prints to enamel pins.

11 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019

5. Museum of Arts and Design

2 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019
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If you’re searching for a present for your design-obsessed friend, head to this Midtown institution: MAD’s store has tons of quirky, stylish gifts, including hand-thrown ceramic trays, wooden trivets in mesmerizing patterns, and fruit bowls shaped like … fruits. Also cool: a tote bag printed with a lollipop pattern inspired by the museum building’s design.

2 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10019

6. New-York Historical Society

170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

As the name of this institution suggests, this is the place to go if you need a gift for a New York history nerd. There are books and tchotchkes aplenty, including lots of Tiffany merchandise—the museum is home to a large collection of lamps from the famed company—and festive holiday trimmings.

170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

7. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
The interior of a museum. Some of the walls are glass. There are statues and sculptures. People are sitting and standing in the room looking at the various art objects. Shutterstock

What won’t you find at the Met Museum’s various stores? The collection is as vast and varied as the artworks on view in the humongous institution, and includes books (on art, architecture, history, and more), clothing, home goods, holiday decorations, and jewelry.

1000 5th Ave
New York, NY 10028

8. Neue Galerie

1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

The Neue Galerie may not be huge, but it has one of the more impressive museum stores in the city, especially for fans of turn-of-the-century design. It’s especially good for housewares, including items by Austrian designers like Josef Hoffman (including the trash can that allegedly inspired Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue) and Otto Prutscher.

1048 5th Ave
New York, NY 10028

9. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128

Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Guggenheim building will find no better place to snag building merch than the museum’s gift shop, which has tees, mugs, and even jewlery inspired by the circular structure. It’s also an excellent place to stock up on arty home goods, such as plates emblazoned with pieces by Robert Mapplethorpe.

1071 5th Ave
New York, NY 10128

10. Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

2 E 91st St, New York, NY 10128

Given the fact that the Cooper-Hewitt’s collection includes more than 200,000 design items, it’s not surprising that its gift shop is an excellent resource for chic, functional, or just plain interesting tchotchkes. Some of our favorites include a collection devoted to the Bauhaus in honor of the collective’s 100th anniversary, and prints by legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser.

2 E 91st St
New York, NY 10128

11. Museum of the City of New York

1220 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029

Head to the Museum of the City of New York’s shop if you’re searching for a book about New York City; the store is chock full of excellent picks, including tomes about architecture, history, guidebooks, and design. (The museum’s own exhibition catalogs make great gifts!) You’ll also find lots of nifty budget-minded gifts, like a ceramic version of the iconic Anthora coffee cup for $13.

1220 5th Ave
New York, NY 10029

12. Queens Museum

New York City Building, Corona, NY 11368
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This museum store is devoted to all things Queens: books about the borough, gifts by local artists, and items festooned with Queens landmarks. There’s also a wide and rotating selection of items related to the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, both of which took place in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (the museum building itself had a starring role).

New York City Building
Corona, NY 11368

13. New York Transit Museum

99 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Ameena Walker

The Transit Museum has a few gift shops around the city (one at Grand Central Terminal, and another next to the MTA’s headquarters near Bowling Green), but the museum store at its Downtown Brooklyn hub has the most variety. You’ll find plenty of toys for train-obsessed tots, as well as all the Massimo Vignelli subway map merch your design-loving heart desires.

99 Schermerhorn St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

14. Brooklyn Historical Society

128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

For Kings County obsessives, the Brooklyn Historical Society is the place to go: Everything in the store has some relation to the borough, whether it’s books, prints, or jewelry. The shop also carries items from Brooklyn-based makers, including Dona teas and Tattly temporary tattoos.

128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

15. Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238

The Brooklyn Museum’s shop is another stellar spot for borough-themed gifts, as well as items related to its blockbuster exhibits. The institution recently partnered with streetwear brand Only NY on a collection of extremely hot Brooklyn Museum-themed drops, including colorful totes and tees.

200 Eastern Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11238