The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has had a mail-order Christmas gift catalog for years. Now Washington museums are following suit. (All have gift shops open during regular visitors' hours.)

Museum Catalogs

Archives: Pennsylvania Avenue and Eighth Street NW (Gift shop at Constitution Avenue entrance). Catalog: "Documents From America's Past." Write: General Services Administration, Publications Sales Branch (NEPS-G), Washington, D.C. 20408. Phone: (202) 523-3154.

Corcoran Gallery of Art: 17th Street and New York Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20006. Phone (for catalog): (202) 638-3211, Ext. 57.

Folger Shakespeare Library: 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. Phone (for catalog): (202) 546-2626.

Freer Gallery of Art: 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, D.C. 20560. Catalog, $1, for the Freer collection only. Some items appear in the Smithsonian Institution catalog below.

Library of Congress: Central Services Division, Washington, D.C. 20540. Gift Shop, located in main library building, First Street SE. For catalog, call (202) 287-5108.

National Trust for Historic Preservation: Preservation Shops, 1600 H St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006. Main shop open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon.-Sat. Catalog, 50 cents.

Smithsonian Institution: Mail Order Division, Box 199, Washington, D.C. 20560. Fall (Christmas) catalog, $1.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 255 Gracie Station, New York, N.Y. 10028. Catalog, $1.

Area Specialty Shops

Camalier & Buckley: 1141 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Call (202) 347-7700 or 347-9500 for catalog.

China Closet: 6807 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. 20815. Call (301) 656-0203 for catalog.

Georgetown Coffee, Tea, and Spice Shop: 1330 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007. Call (202) 338-3801.

Georgetown Pipe and Tobacco Shop: 3144 M St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007. Call (202) 338-5100 (fall/winter catalog).

Kitchen Bazaar: 4455 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008. For Christmas catalog and to be placed on mailing list, call (202) 363-4600.