Sat-Wed, 9:30am-6:15pm; Thu, 11am-6pm; Fri, 9:30am-8:30pm
4, 5, 6 at 86th St.
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Once just a kiosk in Frank Lloyd Wright's famed rotunda, this 1,920-square-foot gift shop now flanks the main entrance (and has done so since the Gwathmey Siegel renovation of 1992). Of course, there are the branded T-shirts, mouse pads, and coffee mugs you’ve come to expect, but there’s also Wright-inspired porcelain dishware and ties referencing brushstrokes from Klee and Kandinsky. Most fun are the tchotchkes echoing the building's iconic spiral: Flensted mobiles, metallic Slinkies, and even some colorful Doodletops. Art books tend towards photography and architecture; a sub-section devoted to the New Yorker features that equally recognizable magazine’s imprint on shirts, cups, and posters, too. The curvaceous store charges no admission fee, but observant shoppers will find it hard to resist a museum that puts them on display. Paying visitors peer down at the shop from the Monitor Gallery overhead.Extra
An intimate sixth-floor outpost carries the same inventory on a smaller scale.