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“Just Ok”

The Evolution Store
Ranked #60 of 883 Shopping in New York City
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Owner description: The Evolution Store brings the wonders of the natural world to urban environments, enabling our customers to create meaningful, lasting connections with strange and beautiful objects, shared with them by curious people. Every day at Evolution begins and ends with progress. A landmark in Manhattan's SoHo art district from 1993-2016, and in Greenwich Village since, The Evolution Store is NYC's premiere retail destination for science and natural history collectibles, artifacts, gifts, and home furnishings. Our store offers a museum quality atmosphere creating a unique and intimate shopping experience.
Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

This store had some interesting items but nothing I haven't seen before. It was smaller than expected and overpriced. However, I still enjoyed my visit as I love to look.

Thank kdxdana
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Reviewed 15 March 2016

I was extremely excited about coming here because I'm a big anatomy nerd and this kind of store doesn't exist where I'm from. The store itself was really incredible. I walked (a long walk) from my apartment in Midtown, through the different neighbourhoods and got a nice look through the city and it's different boroughs. The store has a million different fascinating items, I don't even know how to describe it. Curioso galore!

The only problem with it was that the staff were extremely disinterested. I was there alone and feeling a bit self-conscious being a nerdy Scot wandering around oohing at everything for hours, so when I went to buy a framed beetle and one of their t-shirts I felt massively awkward as the man serving me seemed frustrated, bored, and disinterested. He acted like I should somehow already know the process with which they sold things so he didn't explain a thing (actually he barely spoke to me). I asked, to make sure, that the beetle in the wood and glass frame would be okay to take on a flight (not all insect and animal specimen are allowed to be imported in such a way) and he was very dismissive, when he could have just been reassuring. I wouldn't have even minded his attitude had it not been such a simple thing to speak to me. I'd say he was just having a bad day but all of the staff were like this.

Anyway, the store is great and definitely worth a look, just don't expect to be treated like anything more than an intruder with money.

Also, if your bag is big it could be awkward because you might knock something over. Busy in September so must be packed in Summer. Even if you don't buy anything it's worth a look.

1  Thank Kyle E
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Reviewed 19 January 2016

Like a trip to a museum! The store is on the smaller side but full of bones and taxidermy creatures. The employees really know their stuff too - so feel free to ask them questions!

Thank Megan H
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Reviewed 16 January 2016

I returned to the Evolution Store in Aug 2015, specifically because I was a big fan on my family's first trip. Sadly, this time I found the inventory lacking and the staff completely aloof. What a disppointment. I no longer can recommend it.

Thank RockyMtnFamily2013
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Reviewed 15 July 2015 via mobile

I bought my sons birthday and Christmas presents here for the first 12 years of his life. He was in to fossils, Dino's , everything this store had to offer. He has a full "treasure box" filled with the treasures from here! Absolutely stop by to see all the cool stuff!

Thank lindas286
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