20 Gifts from New York City Museums

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Mandarin Bloom Notecard Tin Box, $12This set of 12 note cards draws upon lavish patterns from a rare 10-volume series of books on the art of weaving. They were published by the Imperial Household Museum of Tokyo in 1893 and are now part of the Brooklyn Museum's globe-spanning collection. Brooklyn Museum of Art, brooklynmuseum.org.
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Ceramic NY Coffee Cup, $12.95The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, which chronicles the immigrant experience in downtown Manhattan, sells a ceramic rendition of the old-time paper coffee cups used in delis. Lower East Side Tenement Museum, tenement.org.
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Wanderlust Address Book, $13.95Adorned with images of over 70 public telephones from around the world, the Wanderlust Address Book allows you to keep tabs on your friends, wherever they may be. It includes spaces for name, date of birth, contact info, and "where we met." Museum of Modern Art, moma.org.
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Our World Floor Puzzle, $15Children of all ages can sharpen their world-geography skills thanks to a two-by-three-foot floor puzzle decorated with colorful illustrations of landmarks, wildlife, and natural resources. Whitney Museum, whitney.org. Not available online.
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Snowflake Ornaments, $17For a dose of Americana, visit the American Folk Art Museum, where you'll encounter cozy, handcrafted gifts like a set of three fabric snowflake ornaments. American Folk Art Museum, folkartmuseum.org. Not available online; puchase by phone at 212/265-1040 ext.#124.
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BYO Six-pack, $19As befits a design museum, the Cooper-Hewitt is a great source for forward-looking products. This stylish neoprene case, perfect for barbecues and picnics, keeps up to six beverages protected and insulated. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, cooperhewitt.org.
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Ecoist Coin Purse (Map Pattern), $22Recycled subway maps are hand-woven to create these coin purses. Profits from the purses go to planting trees in areas affected by disasters and industrial development. New York Transit Museum, transitmuseumstore.com.
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Flat Flower Vases, $24Add a personal, cheery touch to your hotel room with this pack of two expandable vinyl flower vases, which transform from easily packed flat sheets to self-supporting vases when filled with water. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, cooperhewitt.org.
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Mini Alarm Clock, $25The Museum of Modern Art's gift shop stocks items that combine style and functionality. One handy example is this portable battery-powered alarm clock that has a snooze function, calendar, stopwatch, and timer. Museum of Modern Art, moma.org.
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Compact Speakers, $28Simply plug these portable speakers from MoMA into your MP3 player's earphone jack and voilà: instant stereo! The travel-friendly speakers fold neatly together and use power from the MP3 player, so there's no need to lug around extra batteries. Museum of Modern Art, moma.org.
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Travel Poker Set, $30Take your game on the road with a durable suede poker set that includes a deck of cards, 100 poker chips, poker instructions, and a spiral notebook for scorekeeping complete with a mini pencil. Metropolitan Museum of Art, metmuseum.org.
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I Dig Velociraptor Kit, $35The American Museum of Natural History, where Night at the Museum was filmed, wows visitors with its towering dinosaur skeletons (and a 94-foot-long blue whale suspended from the ceiling). An excavation kit filled with miniature replica dinosaur bones enclosed in a dust-free block lets kids channel their inner paleontologists. American Museum of Natural History, amnhshop.com.
Courtesy of Denis Finnin/AMNH
Audubon's Aviary Recycled Banner Bag, $35Each waterproof tote bag is made from an actual banner touting the New-York Historical Society's exhibition of watercolors by naturalist John James Audubon. The bags not only reuse materials, they also provide employment to local homeless people, who are trained to sew by the nonprofit organization Urban Samaritan. New-York Historical Society, nyhistory.org.
Courtesy of New-York Historical Society
Coney Island Beach Towel, $36The New York Transit Museum, located in a 1936 subway station in Brooklyn Heights, stocks this fun beach towel emblazoned with a retro Coney Island print. New York Transit Museum, transitmuseumstore.com.
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Ahava Bookend, $39The Jewish Museum offers a unique twist on Robert Indiana's Love sculpture with a beautifully crafted steel bookend of the word ahava, which is Hebrew for "love". The Jewish Museum, jewishmuseum.org.
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Melamine Diner Plates, $40Four durable melamine plates—featuring interior shots of different diners—pay tribute to legendary diners and delis, like those of New York. International Center of Photography, icp.org.
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Spectrum Photo Album Set, $45Even in the digital age, there's no denying the allure and practicality of archiving photos in this colorful set of six clothbound photo albums. International Center of Photography, icp.org.
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Guggenheim Teapot, $45Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic design for the Guggenheim Museum also makes an elegant porcelain teapot. The tiered shape is an inverted ziggurat—a terraced pyramidal form used for temples in ancient Mesopotamia. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Guggenheim.org
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Tibetan Pierced Work Earrings, $50Like much of the Met's jewelry, these intricate gold-plated earrings are modeled after a piece in the collection: a 15th-17th century Tibetan iron bridle. Metropolitan Museum of Art, met.org.
Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York's Times Square Print, $9.95The Museum of the City of New York celebrates local history in its galleries and gift shop. A vintage-style art-deco poster of Times Square is a sophisticated alternative to the posters hawked at actual Times Square souvenir shops. Museum of the City of New York, mcny.org.
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