Top ten: Museum shops

These NYC institutions bridge the gap between art and commerce with well-curated stores---and nary a lame logo T-shirt in sight.

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    Brooklyn Museum Shop

    Brooklyn Museum Shop

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Boylan soda-pop-bottle tumblers, four for $33, at Brooklyn Museum Shop

    Boylan soda-pop-bottle tumblers, four for $33, at Brooklyn Museum Shop

  • Folding chopstick basket, $30, at Brooklyn Museum Shop

    Folding chopstick basket, $30, at Brooklyn Museum Shop

  • Alien Workshop Dill Andy Warhol Brooklyn Bridge skateboard deck, $95, at...

    Alien Workshop Dill Andy Warhol Brooklyn Bridge skateboard deck, $95, at Brooklyn Museum Shop

  • Catstudio colorful Brooklyn-themed tall frosted glasses, four for $45, at...

    Catstudio colorful Brooklyn-themed tall frosted glasses, four for $45, at Brooklyn Museum Shop

  • Sebatian Bergne Evil Eye vase, $45, at The Cooper Shop at the Jewish Museum

    Sebatian Bergne Evil Eye vase, $45, at The Cooper Shop at the Jewish Museum

  • Hadas Shaham sliced ring necklace, $150, at The Cooper Shop at the Jewish Museum

    Hadas Shaham sliced ring necklace, $150, at The Cooper Shop at the Jewish Museum

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    International Center of Photography Museum Store

    International Center of Photography Museum Store

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    USB drives dressed like cartoon characters, $35--$40 each, at International...

    USB drives dressed like cartoon characters, $35--$40 each, at International Center of Photography Museum Store

  • Lomography Diana F+ glow-in-the-dark camera, $110, at International Center of...

    Lomography Diana F+ glow-in-the-dark camera, $110, at International Center of Photography Museum Store

  • Vintage camera photo album, $13, at International Center of Photography Museum...

    Vintage camera photo album, $13, at International Center of Photography Museum Store

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    The Met Store

    The Met Store

  • Parisian Art Nouveau dragonfly bracelet, $165, at The Met Store

    Parisian Art Nouveau dragonfly bracelet, $165, at The Met Store

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Coonley House cufflinks, $55, at The Met Store

    Frank Lloyd Wright Coonley House cufflinks, $55, at The Met Store

  • Egyptian Princess turquoise necklace, $75, at The Met Store

    Egyptian Princess turquoise necklace, $75, at The Met Store

  • Art Deco crystal button earrings, $45, at The Met Store

    Art Deco crystal button earrings, $45, at The Met Store

  • H. Price Frank Lloyd Wright multicolor silk scarf, $55, at MoMA Design Store

    H. Price Frank Lloyd Wright multicolor silk scarf, $55, at MoMA Design Store

  • Frank Lloyd Wright butterfly tumblers, $9 each, at MoMA Design Store

    Frank Lloyd Wright butterfly tumblers, $9 each, at MoMA Design Store

  • Ela Cindoruk newspaper coasters, 100 for $10, at MoMA Design Store

    Ela Cindoruk newspaper coasters, 100 for $10, at MoMA Design Store

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    The Museum of Arts & Design Store

    The Museum of Arts & Design Store

  • Thomas Davin & Mary Kessler two-tone handle letter openers, $56 each, at The...

    Thomas Davin & Mary Kessler two-tone handle letter openers, $56 each, at The Museum of Arts & Design Store

  • Liz Goulet Dubois for Fred Studio Unzipped glass bowl, $25, at The Museum of...

    Liz Goulet Dubois for Fred Studio Unzipped glass bowl, $25, at The Museum of Arts & Design Store

  • Jason Miller for Areaware small plates, set of four $100, at The Museum of Arts...

    Jason Miller for Areaware small plates, set of four $100, at The Museum of Arts & Design Store

  • Rablabs agate coasters, set of four $58, at The Museum of Arts & Design Store

    Rablabs agate coasters, set of four $58, at The Museum of Arts & Design Store

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    New Museum Store

    New Museum Store

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese seven deadly sins snow globe, $125, at New...

    Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese seven deadly sins snow globe, $125, at New Museum Store

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    Julia Chiang limited-edition black-glazed porcelain apples, $200 each, at New...

    Julia Chiang limited-edition black-glazed porcelain apples, $200 each, at New Museum Store

  • David Shrigley Cocaine/Heroin shakers, $125 per pair, at New Museum Store

    David Shrigley Cocaine/Heroin shakers, $125 per pair, at New Museum Store

  • Alyce Santoro and Julio Cesar sonic fabric ties, $120 each, at New Museum Store

    Alyce Santoro and Julio Cesar sonic fabric ties, $120 each, at New Museum Store

  • Coney Island cotton beach towel, $36, at New York Transit Museum Store

    Coney Island cotton beach towel, $36, at New York Transit Museum Store

  • Subway-map boxer shorts, $30, at New York Transit Museum Store

    Subway-map boxer shorts, $30, at New York Transit Museum Store

  • Tokens & Icons sterling-silver replica subway token cufflinks, $150, at New...

    Tokens & Icons sterling-silver replica subway token cufflinks, $150, at New York Transit Museum Store

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt

    The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt

  • & design Icon watch, $70, at The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt

    & design Icon watch, $70, at The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt

  • Achille Castiglioni Firenze wall clock, $80

    Achille Castiglioni Firenze wall clock, $80

  • Franz Blumtritt and Sons feather pin, $40

    Franz Blumtritt and Sons feather pin, $40

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    The Museum Store at the Studio Museum in Harlem

    The Museum Store at the Studio Museum in Harlem

  • Black Is Beautiful mug, $12, at The Museum Store at the Studio Museum in Harlem

    Black Is Beautiful mug, $12, at The Museum Store at the Studio Museum in Harlem

  • Wardell Milan Drawings of Harlem umbrella, $30, at The Museum Store at the...

    Wardell Milan Drawings of Harlem umbrella, $30, at The Museum Store at the Studio Museum in Harlem

Photograph: Krista Schlueter

Brooklyn Museum Shop

Brooklyn Museum Shop

Brooklyn Museum Shop
Anyone who has love for Kings County will appreciate this spacious lobby-level store, which serves as a study on the infinite ways one can express their borough pride through branded products. To wit, you can keep cool this summer with Catstudio's colorful Brooklyn-themed tall frosted glasses (four for $45) and protect your table by using coasters designed to resemble NYC manhole covers (four for $85), then cruise Prospect Park on the back of a limited-edition Andy Warhol Brooklyn Bridge skateboard deck ($95). The shop is also bolstering its eco-friendly offerings, such as a folding basket made from recycled chopsticks ($30) and Boylan soda-pop bottles that have been repurposed into tumblers (four for $33). 200 Eastern Pkwy between Flatbush and Washington Aves, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-501-6259, shop.brooklynmuseum.org)

The Cooper Shop at the Jewish Museum
While you can get your hands on artfully designed ketubahs (Jewish marriage contracts), personalized wedding mezuzahs and design-driven ceremonial gifts at the Jewish Museum's higher-end Celebrations store, located in a posh townhouse next door, we prefer to revel in the more affordable jewelry, accessories and home decor stocked in its Cooper Shop, located off the museum's main lobby. You won't have to wait for a special occasion to rock Hadas Shaham's gold-plated ring pendant necklaces featuring a concrete gem stone ($150) or tri-charm necklaces engraved with the words love, life and peace, made exclusively for the museum by Carolee ($95). Ward off bad luck from your home with Sebastian Bergne's evil-eye vases featuring Swarovski-crystal-rock pupils ($45--$60) or keep good memories alive by framing a cherished photo in the Jewish Museum's ketubah frame, whose delicate border mimics that of an 18th-century Italian marriage contract in the museum's collection ($85). 1109 Fifth Ave at 92nd St (212-423-3211, shop.thejewishmuseum.org)

International Center of Photography Museum Store
Whether you're a professional shutterbug or an amateur photographer, you're bound to score at this specialty shop situated in the lobby of the ICP. Make your Facebook photos that much cooler by using SuperHeadz lo-fi mini digital cameras that are no bigger than a pack of gum ($60) and Lomography's glow-in-the-dark Diana F+ model ($110), which takes pinhole photos and panoramic images while looking damn cool doing it. USB drives dressed like cartoon characters Chococat ($35), R2D2 ($40) and Buddy Chub ($35) can store all of those gorgeous images you take, while a photo album that resembles a vintage camera ($13) is a cheeky way to display all of your prints. 1133 Sixth Ave at 43rd St (212-857-9725, shopping.icp.org/store)

The Met Store
Known for its thick coffee-table tomes and silky scarves, the Met Store is a bazaar where fine art mixes with prints and postcards. Not to be overlooked, though, is the impressive jewelry selection, inspired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's storied collections. Fans of the Egyptian wing will love sporting hand-knotted turquoise beaded necklaces ($75) and hand-enameled link-bracelet watches ($150) based on a finely detailed gorget on view there. From the Costume Institute comes a vibrant Parisian art nouveau hinged dragonfly bracelet ($165) and Art Deco crystal button earrings ($45) based on a pair of white metal shoe buckles. Guys needn't feel left out, thanks to the assortment of handsome timepieces, including a skeleton watch ($295) that winds automatically with the motion of the wearer's arm. 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St (212-879-5500, ext 4092; store.metmuseum.org)

MoMA Design Store
When it comes to sourcing unique gifts that marry high design with affordable prices, MoMA's pair of sleek shops can't be beat. Though you'll find kitschy cool housewares, such as Ela Cindoruk delicate coasters cut from surplus Turkish newspapers (100 for $10), alongside eye-catching jewelry items, including Ward Wallau cufflinks fashioned from recycled steel ball bearings ($115), right now, we're crushing on items inspired by the late, great architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Scoop up old-fashioned glass tumblers ($9 each) featuring a butterfly pattern adapted from one of his window details or wrap yourself up in H. Price silk scarves ($55) based on one of his geometric rug designs. 81 Spring St between Broadway and Crosby St (646-613-1367) * 44 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-767-1050) * momastore.org.

The Museum of Arts & Design Store
This petite ground-level shop stocks purchasable goods from local and international craftsmen that might have you questioning whether or not you just saw those very same items on display in the exhibitions upstairs. Though the store takes pride in its exclusive collection of ceramics ($28--$300) and glassware ($38--$1,500), you can still get highbrow goods at reasonable prices. Set the table for your next dinner party with Brooklyn artist Jason Miller's ceramic plates (set of four for $100) that appear to be a mash-up of a modern bird design with more traditional china patterns. RabLabs's natural agate coasters (set of four for $58) are beautiful, bright slices of stone that are durable enough to withstand watermarks, while Liz Goulet Dubois for Fred Studio's Unzipped glass bowl is a remarkable, hand-blown reproduction of an ordinary plastic zip-top bag ($25). Still getting snail mail? A two-tone-handled letter opener ($52) made of exotic cocobolo wood and carved by Rhode Island carpenter couple Thomas Davin and Mary Kessler will help you zip through preapproved credit-card offers in no time. 2 Columbus Circle at 59th St (212-299-7700, thestore.madmuseum.org)

New Museum Store
Zany gifts and provocative novelties abound at this petite gift shop, shoved to the side of the museum's spacious lobby. Rather than logo-covered trinkets, the retail area's sparse shelves hold artist creations, like Scotsman David Shrigley's porcelain cocaine and heroin shakers ($125 for the pair), Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese's seven deadly sins snow globes ($125) and Conceptual artist Alyce Santoro's half-polyester, half-recycled audiocassette tape Sonic Fabric ties ($120) that play audio when you run a tape head over them. Alert oncoming traffic with a New Museum x dringdring hand-painted, weather-resistant metal bicycle bell ($35) or snag one of Brooklyn artist Julia Chiang's 50 limited-edition, black-glazed porcelain apples, each with a bite missing ($200). You won't need a Ph.D. in art history to spot the symbolism. 235 Bowery at Prince St (212-343-0460, newmuseumstore.org)

New York Transit Museum Store
Admit it: No matter how much you loathe taking public transportation, there's something inexplicably irresistible about anything emblazoned with imagery of our city's mass transit system. Luckily for you, this subterranean store (there's also a satellite location in Grand Central Terminal) prides itself on the many ways it can display the MTA's intellectual property, be it image, logo or map. Highlights include sterling-silver replica subway token cufflinks ($150), subway-map boxer shorts ($30) and MetroCard playing cards ($5). Be prepared for inclement weather with a pair of rubber rain boots ($38) splattered with subway-line letters and numbers, and a matching umbrella ($26). For sunnier days, there are old-timey Coney Island cotton beach towels ($36) based on an actual retro subway ad. Boerum Pl and Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn Heights (718-694-1600, transitmuseumstore.com)

The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt
Housed in Andrew Carnegie's original library and office in a belle epoque mansion overlooking Central Park, this handsome store meticulously merchandises to "screw with people's expectations," says director Gregory Krum. Ruminate on the intersection of design and daily life with Japanese-patterned-rice-paper masking tape (set of six for $22). Preparing your next home-cooked meal will be more fun when you use a copper turtle-shaped grater ($38) and can keep tabs on what you're baking by referencing Alessi's replica of a wall clock designed for a 1965 exhibition in Florence ($80). You can also find accessories that will make any basic getup look cooler, such as German-designed, delicate feather pins ($40) and Idea International's wristwatch that's a comical interpretation of the pixelated graphics of '80s video games ($70). 2 E 91st St at Fifth Ave (212-849-8355, cooperhewittshop.org)

The Museum Store at the Studio Museum in Harlem
With more than 100 obscure and hard-to-find tomes on African and African-American art, this ground-level boutique is a bibliophile's paradise. The museum partnered with luxe publishing house Rizzoli to create Harlem: A Century in Images ($55), depicting the neighborhood's role as a source of inspiration for writers, artists and musicians. But you don't need to be a book nerd to appreciate the museum's signature black is beautiful line of T-shirts ($25) and mugs ($12); the line was introduced a decade ago and inspired by the slogan of the 1960s Black Power movement. Other highlights include Wardell Milan's umbrella ($30) featuring black-and-white sketches of Harlem street scenes, interior designer Sheila Bridges's trademark Harlem toile splashed across limited-edition porcelain plates (six for $83) and artist Khalif Kelly's cute and colorful digital print Robot Pickaninny Remix (The Return of Supercube) ($1,200). 144 W 125th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave) (212-864-4500, ext 237; studiomuseum.org/shop)

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