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For more than 20 years, the Museum Store of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, has served as New York City’s premier destination to purchase authentic Native American merchandise. Recently expanded, the store now features more items from a wider representation of Native groups than ever before, offering apparel, art, literature, jewelry, food, and more for all ages. Members of the museum receive a 10 percent discount for purchases made at the store; non-members may purchase memberships onsite to receive the discount.
The site of the Museum Store historically served as the Cashier’s Office of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, which is now a city landmark and home of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. In the early 20th century, revenue from the Custom House served as one of the largest funding sources for the federal government. The renovation of the space preserves original details like antique metal dividers for the cashier’s cages, and design flourishes, such as intricate crown molding, grand chandeliers, and even the original vault used by the cashiers.