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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When you’re casting about for unusual gifts, especially for someone who seems to have everything — local museums are a great place to shop.

Pretty much every museum has a gift shop, where the merchandise reflects the mission. The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s stores stock the expected posters, cards, and books, but you can also snap up fine art refrigerator magnets for $4.50, or drop $1,300 on a Rodin reproduction.

The Franklin Institute has lots of affordable gifts, science toys and DVDs – but sadly, no Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts action figure.

For medical oddities or the macabre, there’s no better place than the Mutter Museum, where you can find a selection of cuddly microbes like chicken pox and ebola, its creepy annual calendar — even Soap Lady soap on a rope.

All the stores can be shopped online, but they, like the museums they’re attached to, are always well worth checking out in person.

Reported By Molly Daly, KYW Newsradio.