The Evolution Store

The Evolution Store

Gift Shop and Souvenir Shop · SoHo
120 Spring St (btw Greene St. & Mercer St.), New York, NY 10012, United States
Open until 7:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
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A landmark in Manhattan's SoHo art district since 1993. Evolution sells unique natural history collectibles usually seen only in museums.


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    Elevine B.
    "dried insects"(4 Tips)
    Emily H.
    "One of the coolest stores ever."(2 Tips)
    Greg P.
    "Buy the 10,000 yr old fossil cave bear skull!"(2 Tips)
    Emily S.
    "The baby fetus skeletons are real."(2 Tips)
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  • Foursquare Insiders

    “Nature is truly beautiful and Evolution has put a frame on it.” - Nina Garcia, creative director of Marie Claire Read more

    Foursquare Insiders · 1 week ago
  • Dave R.

    Wonderfully strange shop. You can buy so many weird things! There's an assortment of bones and whatnot

    Dave Richard · October 7
  • Alex H.

    Very cool wares and fun to browse but so expensive; who the hell is spending thousands on this stuff??

    Alex Hennessey · August 23
  • Denis A.

    Head to the second floor for the shells and butterflies. Best place to find gifts for any age

    Denis Akhapkin · July 21
  • Lindsaye

    AmAzing store to stumble upon. Take your time going through this one.

    Lindsaye · May 27
  • Elevine B.

    Amazing little gem full of amazing rocks, crystals, dried insects (!) and rarities. Superb little hide-out from these crazy luxury shops in the area.

    Elevine Berge · February 2
  • Mari S.

    Coolest store ever! You will find the most curious stuff here. This one is a must visit in NYC - SoHo.

    Mari S. · January 21
  • Victor A.

    Double headed animals!

    Victor A · September 27, 2014
  • James D.

    Friendly knowledgeable staff - be sure to check out the upstairs!

    James DeLayo · September 5, 2014
  • Jules S.

    Like a museum where you can buy the pieces!

    Jules Shapiro · September 5, 2014
  • Jon S.

    if one of these creepy human skeletons has caught your eye, be aware: you can only buy one with an up-to-date medical license.

    Jon Steinback · July 24, 2014
  • Emily H.

    One of the coolest stores ever. Neat little fossil and entomological gifts. Incredible taxidermy upstairs!

    Emily Hummel · January 21, 2014
  • The Evolution Store

    Head to the second floor for even more unique finds!

    The Evolution Store · November 17, 2013
  • Julien G.

    A very cool shop where you can buy skeletons.

    Julien G. · October 9, 2013
  • Rajeev M.

    Interesting, if freaky, stuff.

    Rajeev M · September 25, 2013
  • Nick J.

    Upstairs you can choose from a selection of mounted insects and they will frame them for you. They also have a few unmounted specimens for those brave enough to try it (it's really fun)!

    Nick Johnson · June 27, 2013
  • Lauren R.

    This store held my fascination. I wish I could spend a whole day in here!

    Lauren Rodrigues · May 21, 2013
  • Joshua C.

    Hands down the biggest shopping destination in the city for anyone science minded. Their entemological mounts are top notch.

    Joshua Contois · February 4, 2013
  • Nicole M.

    This shop is a must see in Soho. Not only for evolution freaks!

    Nicole Marcellini · October 14, 2012
  • Kushal D.

    On the Slate Culture Gabfest, Dana Stevens recommended checking out the drawers of butterflies.

    Kushal Dave · October 6, 2012
  • Dennis Y.

    Makes odd things awesome!

    Dennis Yu · September 6, 2012
  • Ashley A.


    Ashley Argoti · June 26, 2012
  • Greg P.

    Or a Raccoon Penni's bone

    Greg Philippi · April 28, 2012
  • Greg P.

    Buy the 10,000 yr old fossil cave bear skull! I can't afford it at $11,950

    Greg Philippi · April 28, 2012
  • Sandra R.

    This store carries neat anatomical models ready to be assembled.

    Sandra Ruan · February 5, 2012
  • Steven B.

    this place is awesome.

    Steven B · December 13, 2011
  • Jeff R.

    Awesome store check out the Meteorites

    Jeff R · November 9, 2011
  • Sean F.

    Fetus skeletons are $895, but you and a friend can make one at home for free.

    Sean Fitzroy · November 1, 2011
  • Broodr

    Looking for that uniquely scary gift? This is the spot.

    Broodr · October 24, 2011
  • TheParrisFoundation

    For the extreme scientists and fans of eccentric collectibles. This is like going to a museum where you're allowed, and encouraged, to take the display items home with you.

    TheParrisFoundation · October 24, 2011
  • erica f.

    Try the insect lolly pop

    erica funke · October 11, 2011
  • Andy F.

    Neat little shop with obscure things, worth taking a look

    Andy Feliciotti · October 8, 2011
  • samia j.

    Amazing little shop! Don't forget to look up or you will miss the amazing Germam study posters.

    samia jacintho · September 6, 2011
  • Tania F.

    Don't miss the comparative brains and hearts on the second floor!

    Tania Firrigno · July 4, 2011
  • Jourdan D.

    Great taxidermy and freeze dried spectacles!

    Jourdan Dudgeon · June 26, 2011
  • Valeria M.


    Valeria Melis · May 9, 2011
  • Emily S.

    The baby fetus skeletons are real. Go upstairs and contemplate.

    Emily Sears · April 27, 2011
  • coleen c.

    this place cheers me up. the coolest place ever for dead things

    coleen c. · April 18, 2011
  • Diego R.

    You can buy astronaut food, stuffed birds and human skulls, but if you don´t need this sort of stuff, you can also acquire insects, shells, or minerals, which are much more common. =P Read more

    Diego Rufo · April 5, 2011
  • Let's Go

    Fascinating place and completely different than any other store in SoHo, Evolution sells natural history items both cheap and expensive, but always exotic. Read more

    Let's Go · April 4, 2011
  • MarieClaire

    Shopping isn’t all about clothes. I love stores that carry unique, bizarre items. With cool rocks and creepy taxidermy, it’s one of the most interesting shops in Soho. -Nina Garcia, Fashion Director

    MarieClaire · December 9, 2010
  • Amanda R.

    they have the craziest stuff in here, especially on the second floor!

    Amanda R · August 24, 2010
  • Mélanie V.

    Je pourrais y rester des heures. Idées cadeau

    Mélanie Vecchio · September 1
  • Cristo L.

    Macabro, terrifico, con un poco de mal gusto. En escencia en lugar muy interesante para visitar

    Cristo Leon · July 16
  • Sasha T.

    Черепа, скелеты, всякая ерунда - но хочется купить все! (Человеческие - все копии, чтоб особо нервные за валокордин не хватались). Купите ребенку сборную модель черепа, в конце концов.

    Sasha Tkachenko · October 28, 2014
  • Braga

    A loja perfeita para vc presentear sua namorada com um belo esqueleto de bebês siameses, sua mãe com uma tarântula em acrílico ou seu pai com um crânio autêntico de alienígena. Vem ser feliz.

    Braga · April 7, 2012

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