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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

2 E 91st St, New York City, NY 10128-0669
+1 212-849-8400
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. After a three-year renovation, the museum re-opened in December 2014 with exhibitions featuring a rich mix of design objects from our permanent collection, unique temporary installations, and dynamic interactive experiences. We also have an exciting calendar of events, including hands-on workshops, talks, and family programs.
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2 E 91st St, New York City, NY 10128-0669
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I always stop in to see the latest show at the "gem" of a museum. Even the security guards have historic knowledge of the old Carnegie Mansion that has recently been restored with a FABULOUS outdoor garden area. This is a wonderful place just beyond...More

Thank JanCee10021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was disappointed. The exhibits on the design of the artifacts were interesting but not great. Also only the first and part of the second floor reveal the beauty of the original building. Elsewhere it is covered. There is also very little on the history...More

1  Thank John B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had no idea what to expect, but had a wonderful time exploring the innovative exhibits showing how technology is moving forward to change the human experience. The 3D-printing exhibit, and how materials can be recycled for entirely new purposes, were especially fun. The staff...More

Thank Doug B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum respects its history as the home of Andrew Carnegie and at the same time uses techology to make its collections relevant and live to visitors. I loved the 2nd floor rooms showcasing architectural models and the "Japonism" decorative style. But the Joris Laarman...More

Thank Connie T
Reviewed 1 November 2017

This museum is a great opportunity for kids and adults to learn about design in all its forms. Each visitor receives a stylus to use to capture favorite exhibit pieces as well as their own creations made on work sites throughout the museum. These can...More

Thank salannyc
Reviewed 31 October 2017

This museum of design is worth a visit just because of the beautiful setting. The exhibits are interesting too!

Thank JHReading
Reviewed 30 October 2017

The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum is not your usual museum but it is certainly worth a visit. A regular to NYC for some 30 years, this was the first time I visited with family and friends. Our daughter loved the interactive displays - you can...More

Thank schmidtmg
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

You know that feeling, I was on the point of collapse when we passed this museum, desperate for a drink and a bite to eat. Loved the panini and the drink, it was very quiet and peaceful. We decided to explore the museum, we had...More

Thank TOGsNotts
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We visited this design museum for the first time. Exhibits were interesting, especially the furniture. Visitors are given an electronic "pen" to select and save a collection of favorites or even make your own designs. All are saved online for future viewing.

Thank Denise T
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Well my heading says it all. The shop is definitely worth your time if in the area. Other than that... it's a big skip. Maybe I'm dating myself, but I remember when this museum showcased an abbreviated, but still brilliant history of American design --...More

Thank Sig79
Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighbourhoods that have
easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural
institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most
livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth
Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of
the nation's most famous attractions in a single
stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the
Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the
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Tram N
7 September 2016|
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Response from Ithakan | Reviewed this property |
I went for free as part of Bank of America's Museums on Us program, but they have some kind of promotion where all tickets are $5 per person through September 29, 2016. If you're visiting after that, you can Google "Cooper... More
24 April 2016|
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Response from Jacob B | Reviewed this property |
Hi There. The museum itself is not massive. There is a fair bit on show but if you have two hours you can pretty much see all of it. Let yourself go through and then come back to the things you want if you have time. They... More