Frederic Finds: Museum Quality

These one-of-a-kind goods make a case for exiting through the (museum) gift shop.

November 10, 2022

From our favorite museum shops around the world, we’ve assembled a striking, artful, and oh-so-giftable collection of goods—no admission ticket required.

  • This delightfully serious embroidered velvet frog by Wiener Menagerie springs from the mind of textile designer Anke Drechsel.

    $224, neuegalerie.org
  • Hand-tufted of 100 percent silk, the Anni Albers Temple Berry Rug by Christopher Farr features the unmistakable signature of the pioneering modernist.

    $1,677 for 3′ × 5′, tate.org.uk
  • The remarkable image featured on this Shaker Tree of Life Cross Stitch Kit appeared in a vision to a young Shaker woman in 1854.

    $20, hancockshakervillage.org
  • Handmade and hand-painted in Los Angeles, each Splatter Mug by Peter Shire features a uniquely energetic splatter pattern and color combination.

    $88, thejewishmuseum.org
  • Based on a pattern designed decades ago by the great Josef Hoffmann, this elegant Hoffman Blueberry Wrapping Paper feels completely modern today.

    $30 for three sheets, neuegalerie.org
  • We love the strong shape and soothing color of Maison Balzac’s J’ai Soif Carafe and Tumbler, mouth-blown of durable borosilicate glass.

    $72, mocastore.org
  • A striking symbol of remembrance, the Trench Art Brooch is handcrafted by New Zealand artist Martin de Ruyter using repurposed shell casings from the same caliber bullets used in WWI.

    $65, mca.com.au
  • Inspired by a tankard excavated at Colonial Williamsburg, the sturdy 7-Ounce Stoneware Tavern Mug is perfect for coffee or beer.

    $30, shop.colonialwilliamsburg.com
  • Use this adorable La Maison Inondée bowl for soup, cereal, or as a catchall on a bureau.

    $32, sfmoma.org
  • The eye-popping Louise Bourgeois Waves Plate by Third Drawer Down features a design from a fabric collage by the legendary artist.

    $78, tate.org.uk
  • Dandy Collarette Dahlia Seeds from the Hudson Valley Seed Library yield cheerful multicolored flowers that evoke dapper young men in ruffled collars.

    $5, nybgshop.org
  • Wrapped in electric blue velvet, this clever, palm-size Venus Jewelry Box snaps open to reveal your treasures.

    $20, modernamuseet.se