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725 Park Ave., at 70th St.; 212-327-9217;

Located on the first floor of the Asia Society, Asia-Store carries a wealth of gift items, including jewelry from emerging Asian designers, hand-painted tea sets, and men’s and women’s apparel inspired by the museum collection. The selection changes with the exhibits, but it always includes books on Asian arts and culture.$$

Brooklyn Museum Gift Shop

200 Eastern Pkwy., at Washington Ave., Prospect Heights; 718-501-6258;

What began as a humble gift stand in the 1930s has morphed into a spacious shop off the museum’s lobby. Find items by local designers and artisans; Brooklyn-themed souvenirs and textiles; prints; and other wares from around the world. $$ (made in N.Y.)

The Frick Collection Museum Shop

1 E. 70th St., at Fifth Ave.; 212-547-6848;

The goods for sale in this museum shop are as stately and traditional as the mansion that houses them, with items and patterns inspired by the decorative arts on display. There’s also an extensive array of art reference books and exhibition catalogues. $$

Guggenheim Store

1071 Fifth Ave., nr. 89th St.; 800-329-6109;

Expect museum-inspired merchandise, including ties that reference Jackson Pollock and Vasily Kandinsky and tchotchkes echoing Frank Lloyd Wrights’s iconic spiral. A wide selection of exhibition catalogs and photocentric tomes featuring New York imagery is also available. $$

Metropolitan Opera Shop

Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center 212-799-3100, ext. 2399;

For a fun throwback, come here to score wall sconces from the Met’s original 1966 opera house. A wide assortment of other home items and opera-themed gifts are also available. $$

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St.; 15 W. 49th St., at Fifth Ave., in Rockefeller Ave.; 212-570-3894;

The original main shop located off the Great Hall spans two levels, selling everything from coffee-table books to reproductions of iconic works. If a trip to the Upper East Side isn’t on your list, off-site stores, such as the one on Rockefeller Plaza, carry a pared-down selection of the popular inventory. $$

MoMA Design Store

44 W. 53rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 81 Spring St., at Crosby St.; 212-767-1050;

Sleek, utilitarian home furniture and décor inspired by design greats such as Harry Bertoia and Charles and Ray Eames are stocked alongside framed museum prints and books. The store doubles as a gift emporium and high-design Hall of Fame. $$

The Morgan Shop

225 Madison Ave., nr. 36th St.. at the Morgan Library & Museum; 212-590-0390;

After touring J.P. Morgan’s personal collection of original Shakespeare folios and medieval manuscripts, you can start a library of your own with gift books (and gorgeous jewelry). $$

Shop of the Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Ave., nr. 103rd St.; 917-492-3330;

This shop has the usual selection of gifts based on the museum and its exhibits, but its real treasure is its collection of prints of the museum’s unparalleled images of New York. $$

The Museum Shop at the Society of Illustrators

128 E. 63rd St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-838-2560;

The shop contains an excellent assortment of books and hard-to-find magazines about illustration, including Juxtapoz, ILLO, and 3x3. Offbeat wares such as toy cars made of recycled pesticide cans and disappearing-dinosaur mugs are also available, as is a assortment of sketching supplies. $-$$ (ecofriendly)

Neue Galerie Design Shop

1048 Fifth Ave., at 86th St.; 212-994-9496;

This is the place to go for reproductions of famous pieces from the Vienna Secession and Bauhaus schools by the likes of Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, and Eva Zeisel. $$-$$$

New Museum Store

235 Bowery, at Prince St.; 212-343-0460;

The main attraction here is the eclectic collection of coffee-table books on figures both mainstream and niche, including tattooists and graffiti artists. You’ll also find offbeat jewelry and glassware, like the porcelain mugs printed with an image of Jim Shaw’s The Golden Age. $$

Noguchi Museum Shop

9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City; 718-721-2308;

Isamu Noguchi is without a doubt one of the most renowned artists of the mid-20th century, and his entire line of furniture and lighting is available at the shop of the Noguchi Museum. To impress your design-savvy friends, pick up his paper-lantern light sculptures or famous free-form sofa. $$$$


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