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World's Coolest Museum Gift Shops

World's Coolest Museum Gift Shops: Nelson-Atkins

Mark McDonald

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

Renovated in 2007, when Steven Holl debuted his extraordinary addition to the museum complex, this store stocks collectibles that reflect both its top-notch Asian art holdings—the sculpture of Guanyin, the Buddhist god of mercy, inspires near-daily inquiries—and its hometown allegiances. Ceramic shuttlecock ornaments designed by local artist Irma Starr, for instance, wink at the lauded/reviled Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen sculptures positioned on the museum’s north and south lawns.

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