The Best Stuff To Buy At Museum Gift Shops (It's Really Good)

Nothing is better than a weekend spent wandering around your favorite museum or picking up a few new pieces at your go-to stores. But there are only so many hours in a (Satur)day, so why limit yourself to just one culturally-rich activity? With all the great institutions and exhibitions at our disposal as New Yorkers (hello, Whitney Biennial!), there’s no excuse not to take advantage. However, if you really needed one more reason, think of the gift shops on your way out.
From Caravaggio to Clifford Owens, there are more than enough masterpieces to fill our minds and weekend schedules, but our pocketbooks and wardrobes don't have to be totally left out. The museum shops themselves often hold more than your average kitsch and coloring book, and will definitely have an accessory or two with your name ALL over it.
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Click through for a mere sampling of the goods we found at gift shops across the city, then go out and explore for yourself. Exit through the gift shop, natch.
Photo: Via the Guggenheim.
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Peggy Guggenheim Sunglasses, $250, available at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue (at 88th Street); 800-329-6109.

Photo: Via the Guggenheim
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Holy Shit Tote by Dan Colen, $18, available at the New Museum, 235 Bowery (between Prince and Stanton streets); 212-219-1222.

Photo: Courtesy of the New Museum
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Genuine Fossil Shark Tooth Necklace, $15.29, available at American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West (at 81st Street); 212-769-5100.

Photo: Courtesy of American Museum of Natural History Store
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City Skyline Bracelet, $239, available at New York Historical Society Store, 170 Central Park West (at 76th Street); 212-873-3400.

Photo: Courtesy of the New York Historical Society Store
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Pendleton x NMAI Coastal Moons Blanket, $220, available at The National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Grn (at Bridge Street); 212-514-3700.

Photo: Courtesy of The National Museum of the American Indian
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Small Grey and Turquoise Evil Eye Necklace by Michal Golan, $55, available at The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue (at 92nd Street); 212-423-3200.

Photo: Courtesy of The Jewish Museum
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Marc Brandenburg Silk Scarf, $300, available at The Studio Museum of Harlem, 144 West 125th Street (between Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd and Lenox Ave), 212-864-4500.

Photo: Courtesy of the Studio Museum of Harlem
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Ottoman Floral Watch, $70, available at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street); 212-570-3894).

Photo courtesy of The Met
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Felt Parakeet Brooch Set by Milka Nakamura and Komako Oki, $20, available at the MoMA Store, 11 West 53rd Street (between fifth and sixth avenues); 212-708-9700.

Photo: Courtesy of MoMA
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Mosex Sexy Bandz, $4.25, available at Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Avenue (at 27th Street); 212-689-6337.

Photo: Courtesy of the Museum of Sex
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Gradient Journal by Anton Ginzburg, $14, available at The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt, 2 East 91st Street (at Fifth Avenue); 212-849-8400.

Photo: Courtesy of Cooper-Hewitt
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Sterling Silver Ankh Necklace, $68, available at The Brooklyn Museum,  200 Eastern Parkway (at Washington Ave in Brooklyn); 718-638-5000.

Photo: Courtesy of The Brooklyn Museum
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Margarita Mileva bracelet, $68, available at Underline Gallery, 238 West 14th Street (between 7th and 8th avenues); 212-242-2427.

Photo: Courtesy of Underline Gallery
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Dzine 24kt Gold-plate Pinky Nail, $250, available at the New Museum, 235 Bowery (between Prince and Stanton streets); 212-219-1222.

Photo: Courtesy of the New Museum
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Deborah Polonoff Trouser Socks, $24, available at the Store at Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle; 212-299-7777.

Photo: Courtesy of the Store at the Museum of Art and Design
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Byzantine Openwork Charm Necklace, $195, available at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street); 212-570-3894).

Photo: Courtesy of the Met
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Keith Haring Bezel Case for iPhone, $48, available at The Whitney Museum Store, 945 Madison Avenue (at 75th Street); 212-249-4350.

Photo: Courtesy of the Whitney
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Ring Leaf, $180, available at Asia Society Store, 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street); 212-327-9217.

Photo: Courtesy of the Asia Society Store
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