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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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“jazz age”(25 reviews)
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
Upper East Side
+1 212-849-8400
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth visiting this lovely interactive design museum. Probably the best I have ever visited. Spend an hour or two. The building itself is also lovely. However the staff are too busy with their smartphones to help or do their job. Shame. The cafe is...More

Thank JohnlikesGourmet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved this museum! I'd actually been here many years ago, but this time was better! I loved the accessibility exhibit and the senses one was fun too. And I loved the colors. I especially loved the color piano. We brought my niece (10) and...More

Thank Brenna R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is really different and interactive and the building itself is beautiful. The top floor is definitely the main attraction and I didn't need to spend too much time on the lower floors. It is quite small but it's definitely entertaining.

Thank samtaylorme
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cooper Hewitt - Smithsonian Museum is absolutely new age amazing. 3 floors of delights for 5 human senses- touching, smelling, seeing, hearing, tasting. Must say the only tasting and tasty treat are in the Coffee Shop. The Old Carnegie Mansion that house this Museum is...More

Thank C.A. N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had high hopes for the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Our visit started off well, with a pleasant courtyard near the entrance. There was a ping-pong table, benches, and fun spinning chairs. We should’ve just stayed in the courtyard! The museum was interactive, but dull. It didn’t...More

Thank frugalfamily5
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not your typical art museum where you have to keep telling the kids not to touch stuff - not at all! Everything is touchable or smell-able or audible. It is the most interactive museum or gallery I have ever been at! I started...More

Thank RavenousReader
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wish we had started on the third floor as our time was limited and would have enjoyed more time here. A number of interactive and unique exhibits like “feeling” different actions while sitting on a chair or holding a pillow. Also enjoyed the sound room...More

Thank visitall50
Reviewed August 10, 2018

This museum is located in an old Carnegie Mansion and it was restored nicely to house the collection. This is not traditional art museum.There was something for every sense like shapes, sounds, colors, and scents, which made me truly inspired after visiting this museum.

1  Thank TomSjoberg
Reviewed July 24, 2018

I really loved visiting the Cooper Hewitt museum. It's totally different from you regular museums because you can touch, smell, and interact with the exhibits. The staff is also great. They help explain the exhibits and help visitors get into the interactive mode of the...More

Thank Ilya N
Reviewed July 15, 2018

I love design and love Smithsonian museums in DC so was very excited to try the Cooper Hewitt. Good parts first - the outdoor courtyard is fun especially for kids, the cafe had good stuff, there was a bottle filling station, and the building is...More

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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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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