The Met Store

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in America.  Collections at the museum house some of the most significant works of art in the world, while traveling exhibitions allow visitors to view art they might not normally see in their lifetime.  The many incredible paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other artwork on display at the museum is, of course, not for sale.  You can still take home a piece of the Met after your visit, however, by shopping at the The Met Store.

Museum shops seem to have some of the most unique items, things you wouldn’t normally find when out shopping.  It’s a great place to find a souvenir from your museum visit that you will treasure and want to display in your home.  Because many items in the Met Store relate to the works of art in the museum, you will most likely be able to treat yourself to something that reminds you of a favorite exhibit.  You may find the perfect accessory for your home, a well done reproduction of a piece of art, or even some hand crafted jewelry from the far corners of the world.

Cote dIvoire Cuff

Cote d’Ivoire Geometric Bracelet, based on ceremonial beads made by the Baule or Lagoon peoples.

Parrot Figure based on a brass Indian sculpture.

Parrot Figure based on a brass Indian sculpture.

Footed Bowl, reproduced from an item in the Egyptian Collection.

Footed Bowl, reproduced from an item in the Egyptian Collection.

Reproduction of Woman Bathing by Jane Poupelet

Reproduction of Woman Bathing by Jane Poupelet

Peacock Notecards

Peacock Notecards

The Met Store is also a great place to find really nice coffee table books, for yourself or to give as gifts.  Books with everything from Japanese art to Baroque tapestries and African reliquary to the Dutch masters are available here.  I like the idea of staking a few interesting books on the coffee table, especially when the books contain such rich imagery along with a wealth of knowledge.  Something like this is a great keepsake from a visit to the Met.

50 Architects You Should Know

50 Architects You Should Know

Regarding Warhol:  Sixty Artists, Fifty Years

Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years

Photography:  The Groundbreaking Moments

Photography: The Groundbreaking Moments

Art:  Over 2500 Works from Cave to Contemporary

Art: Over 2500 Works from Cave to Contemporary

New York in Photographs, Print Portfolio

New York in Photographs, Print Portfolio

The Met Store also has plenty to offer the children in your life.  Whether you’re looking for a memorable item to take home after touring the museum or shopping for a gift, this is a good place to start.  Choose an item that reflects a child’s interests or lets him or her explore something new.  The Met Store has gifts for kids that encourage creativity and hands-on learning.  For the budding artist or future archeologist, a gift from a museum is a sure way to continue the learning experience long after leaving the Met.

Fun with Hieroglyphs:  Many kids are fascinated by ancient Egyptian writing.

Fun with Hieroglyphs: Many kids are fascinated by ancient Egyptian writing.

Monet Art Supply Kit, a wonderful way to be creative.

Monet Art Supply Kit, a wonderful way to be creative.

Egyptian Pyramid Archeology:  For hands-on learning.

Egyptian Pyramid Archeology: For hands-on learning.

Noah's Ark Play Set:  Imaginative play for younger kids.

Noah’s Ark Play Set: Imaginative play for younger kids.

If a day at the Met isn’t in your plans for the near future, you can still explore the Met Store by visiting the online shop.  All of their beautiful products are available online for any occasion, whether it’s a child’s birthday or a friend’s housewarming.  You can also learn about the history and inspiration behind many of the items at the store on the The Met Store Official Blog.