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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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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...more
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2 E 91st St, New York City, NY 10128-0669
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first visit. I will come again. Plan on spending 2-3 hours marveling at both the building (former mansion) and the exhibits. Three floors of well-spaced displays with decent description placards. They are utilizing a way cool device that allows you to scan a symbol...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fascinating museum and definitely a must-see while in NYC. The exhibits are very well designed and laid out. There is a big focus on eco friendliness, so this is a place to see some of the latest innovations in eco-friendly technology. What's...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this smaller museum for a relaxed afternoon of stretching our brains. It is mindblowing to see the many ways humans solve problems and create beauty. Be sure to talk to the guards in the rooms you go into - they were all super helpful...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has three floors of wonderful displays that takes you into the unimaginable world of inventions. You start this tour by being introduced to your own personal magical wand that you can press on any of the exhibit description plaques to be able log...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I don’t know what I expected, but the museum far exceeded it. Excellent presentation of collections. Fascinating selection of artifacts. Integration of science, engineering and design. Intellectually interesting interactive experience. And it’s in the old Carnegie mansion. I came for the mansion and left with...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely visit in the am, rather quiet overall. The permanent and rotating design exhibits are outstanding, although the displayed material is not as extensive as some in Europe. Unfortunately, it was raining enough we could enjoy dining in the garden. This is...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 13, 2019

Outstanding architecture...Always unusual exhibits… Go to all the floors… Go outside to the garden… This building is an Oasis in the city…They have the best gift shop… This was once a dwelling…

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 6, 2019

A generally quiet museum without crowds. On Museum Row so it's convenient. Good design exhibitions. Good gift shop.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed May 19, 2019

The last time we had visited the Cooper Hewitt Museum was many years ago before it came under the aegis of the Smithsonian Institution. I remember it as dark and uninviting and looking a bit like some old gentlemen's club. We came back this time...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 16, 2019

As a former NYer this was my absolute favorite museum, it's just beautiful, along w/ the building itself but the exhibits of furniture and all kinds of design objects.. They also to me always have the most unique gift shop of all the museums.. do...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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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
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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
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