Given New York’s concentration of world-famous museums, the City is a prime place to shop for your art-loving friends and family. From clever home accents and one-of-a-kind accessories to creative stocking stuffers, these 11 museums are the perfect locales for thoughtful gifts this holiday season.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hands down, The Met is home to one of New York City’s best museum gift shops. There, you’ll find an expansive selection of books relating to art, architecture, design, and fashion; stunning jewelry inspired by the international and historic collections of art and artifacts housed within the museum; clothing, accessories, and home décor.
MoMA Design & Book Stores
MoMA’s design and book stores are a must-visit for holiday shoppers. With a large selection of innovative gifts, you’ll find clever homewares, unusual jewelry, and quirky accessories fitting any budget.
It’s the Museum Mile go-to for outstanding modern art, so make the Guggenheim your go-to for outstanding modern art-inspired gifts. The Guggenheim store sells a range of artsy goods, from fun novelty wares to high-end accessories.
The Whitney Museum of American Art
Boasting an outstanding program of exhibitions year round, the shop at the Whitney certainly follows suit. From creative trinkets to editioned, artist-designed accessories for your extra-special loved one, you can’t go wrong with a gift from this Meatpacking-based hotspot.
The Cloisters is a truly extraordinary site housing medieval European art and artifacts from The Met’s collection. With a range of gifts for adults and children, the shop at the Cloisters caters to those with fantastical, botanical, and especially old-world taste.
The New-York Historical Society
For the artsy/feminist/history buff in your life, an excursion to the shop at the New-York Historical Society would not go amiss. This Upper West Side museum is a local favorite, with vintage gifts for anyone with a love of New York City.
The Jewish Museum
This Upper East Side institution specializes in the exhibition of historic to contemporary Jewish art, with a sweeping selection of corresponding wares. From sarcastic apparel to striking accessories, the shop at the Jewish Museum is ideal for artsy gifts that sidestep those ubiquitous Christmas themes.
The Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn’s premier exhibition space consistently brings New Yorkers top-notch exhibitions of the world’s best artists and designers—from Kehinde Wiley to Marilyn Minter, Jean-Paul Gaultier to Judy Chicago. In the museum shop, you’ll find perfect gifts fit for the Brooklyn-obsessed, the activist, and the art-lover.
The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
When it comes time to shop for the design-lovers in your life, look no further than the Cooper Hewitt. A design-lover’s paradise, this museum specializes in the history of design all the way up to the most brilliant innovations of the contemporary day. In the museum store, you’ll find a range of wares as spectacular as what’s on display in the galleries.
The Rubin Museum of Art
This Chelsea-based exhibition space specializes in the arts and culture of the Himalayan region. The shop subsequently sells a range of culturally-inspired goods, including hand-crafted jewelry and artisanal accessories.
The Neue Galerie
As New York City’s premier space for late 19th- and early 20th-century works of art and design from Germany and Austria, consider the Neue Galerie your go-to for particularly luxurious wares that are both artful and timeless. With an on-site design shop and book store, you can curate your selection to suit each and every one of the Klimt, Schiele, and Kokoschka fans in your life.