Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

What you'll do

Tap into your creative side by visiting New York's one and only interactive museum dedicated to historic contemporary design.

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  • With us, there are no entry fees on the day – all you've got to do is show your pass.
  • Explore the unique exhibits at the Cooper Hewitt museum.
  • Get involved with interactive exhibitions and displays. 


Why You Must See the Smithsonian Design Museum in New York

If you're visiting New York City and have an interest in design and architecture, then Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is a must-see destination. Nestled in the picturesque Upper East Side of Manhattan, Cooper Hewitt showcases fascinating collections that appeal to visitors of all interests and ages.

The museum is housed in the elegant Carnegie Mansion, which offers a unique and historic setting for its exhibits. You'll marvel at the wide range of over 210,000 design objects on display, including striking furniture, architectural models, and textiles.

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Experience Unique Limited Time Displays at the Smithsonian Design Museum

In addition to its permanent exhibitions, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum also features numerous temporary displays, each with a unique design theme. Visitors can discover some of the most innovative and creative designs of our time and appreciate their various influences and contributions.

What makes Cooper Hewitt truly stand out are the hands-on experiences it offers. Visitors can interact with state-of-the-art exhibits and discover the hidden intricacies of designs like never before. One of the museum's star attractions is the Immersion Room, an interactive exhibit that allows visitors to customize and explore the renowned collection of design wallpapers digitally.

Overall, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is an awe-inspiring destination that's sure to spark creativity and inspiration among visitors. A visit here makes for an unforgettable and educational experience that you won't want to miss.

Highlights of the Smithsonian Museum in New York

Exhibition programming
Ranging from broad surveys on contemporary design to compelling retrospectives on design legends, Cooper Hewitt’s rotating exhibitions serve as inspiration for creative work of all kinds and tell the story of design’s paramount importance in improving our world.

Immersion room
The former bedroom of Margaret Carnegie is now home to an extraordinary collection of wallcoverings. It is also used as an interactive design room where visitors can express their sense of style along the walls. With the touch of a pen, you can change the wallpaper that is projected on the wall and display images from the museum's permanent collection.

Digital tables
Large touchscreen tables allow visitors to explore high-resolution images of collection objects, select items from the “object river” that flows down the center of each table, zoom in on object details, learn about its history, and related objects organized by design theme and motif.


Know before you go

Getting in: present your pass for entrance in the next available time slot.

For more information please visit the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum website. 


Q. What exactly is the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum?
A. The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is an example of a fantastic New York City treasure that exhibits influential design art and design history.

Q. What kind of design objects are featured at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum?
A. With over 210,000 design objects on display including furniture, textile, and architectural models, visitors to the museum can look forward to an exciting and educational experience that showcases a wide range of design history.

Q. What are the museum’s hours of operation?
A. The opening hours of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum vary but are generally available from 10 am to 6 pm. For more up-to-date information, visitors may check the official museum website for more information.

Q. Is the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum accessible to all visitors?
A. Absolutely! The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is fully accessible to accommodate all visitors with disabilities. The museum provides designated parking spaces and wheelchair-accessible entranceways for easy entry, and service animals are also welcome to join visitors. Furthermore, audio tours, transcripts, visual aids, and other assistive devices are made available to help visitors with disabilities feel comfortable and engage with the sweeping design and cultural history that awaits them.


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