Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
A 21st-century museum housed in New York City’s landmark Carnegie Mansion, Cooper Hewitt offers four floors of galleries dedicated to all disciplines of design, a permanent collection of more than 210,000 design objects fully digitized and available online, and a world-class design library.
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Address
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighborhoods 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 neighborhood, and you’ll come to Park Avenue, the poshest address in the city, lined with grand apartment buildings as far as the eye can see. Even if you can’t afford the luxury goods along Madison Avenue, it’s still a great spot to window shop an afternoon away.
How to get there
  • 86th St • 8 min walk
  • 96th St • 8 min walk
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GPBurdell67
Asheville, NC1,973 contributions
Worth a Visit
Jul 2021 • Friends
If you’re into non-building design, you will enjoy this museum. The special exhibits were fashion related and the permanent collection pieces were quite varied. The building was built by Andrew Carnegie and is quite lavish. Check out the glassed in room adjoining the gift shop.
Written July 26, 2021
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hrobinson1114
Hopkinsville, KY2,369 contributions
Beautiful and free!
Jun 2021 • Solo
Very open, bright, clean. Architecture and woodwork are beautiful. Entry is free, but you must have a timed pass, obtainable online. There was a Willi Smith exhibit that I liked a lot (I had no idea he was a man or a black man). Loved learning about him. Also had a beautiful, colorful exhibit on contemporary Muslim fashion. They had several other exhibits as well, including some from their large permanent collection. Worth seeing for the architecture and their reading room alone (the glass room). And again, it’s free.
Written June 26, 2021
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Greg Harris
Yonkers, NY574 contributions
Greg & Kat Cooper Hewitt Experience.
Jun 2021 • Couples
The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum is the definitive museum that showcases the culture and quality of decorative and design art.

The museum is currently located at 5th Ave on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in the Carnegie Mansion, a historic home that was once the residence of Andrew Carnegie, a pioneering steel industrialist and prominent philanthropist.

In June of 2021, I brought my wife and myself for a visit to Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. During our visit, my wife and I had the chance to view the exhibit on the works of Will Smith, a prominent 1980’s African American fashion designer that achieved great success on producing and selling elegant style clothing for men and women with natural based fabrics.

In addition, my wife and I also enjoyed viewing and taking pictures of the various gorgeous objects that were designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

If you appreciate beauty, creativity and elegance at its finest, then you should definitely visit and tour the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum!!!
Written June 22, 2021
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caryn1958
Pembroke, MA412 contributions
Fun and funky
Feb 2020
Beautiful restored mansion with cutting edge technology creates a unique museum experience and best of all the tech actually works as it should!
Written February 23, 2020
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James W
Clearwater, FL516 contributions
Exhibits are Blah
Feb 2020
We visited specifically to see the Artificial Intelligence special exhibit. What was presented was a mishmash of facial recognition history, and some interactive displays (which were not very engaging). So, their special exhibit was a bust. We then went on to see the permanent exhibit on using nature themes to create various household items (china, chairs, wallpaper, etc) in one hall. The items displayed were casually interesting. But, the exhibit just did not justify its promotion as the Smithsonian Design Museum. The best part of the experience was being in the Carnegie mansion and viewing an interactive picture tour of the house. From my perspective, returning the mansion to its former decorated self to tour would be the best purpose for this "museum".
Written February 13, 2020
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GeorgiaLucy41
Falmouth, MA313 contributions
Fascinating!
Jan 2020 • Friends
Fascinating museum housed in a beautiful mansion. Wide variety of exhibits with many interactive ones. Definitely worth a visit!!
Written February 2, 2020
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Laura F
8 contributions
Disappointed, even with a discount
Feb 2020 • Couples
Someone at work recommended this. Unfortunately, my husband and I were very disappointed. The main exhibit hall was closed so the adult price was discounted g
From $18 to $14. Another exhibit is coming to the top floor the end of February. However, there were really only two floors of disjointed COSI/historical art cast offs. There was a section on technology and emotions/robots, a section on advertising pamphlets during early Americana 1930s and same time period Germany - but not a large amount and nothing earth shattering. There was a section on things made from horns and shells, a section on old china (interesting) and a create your own wallpaper room. That’s about it. We made ourselves go slow but it only took an hour. Overpriced and disjointed. No cohesive theme.
Written February 1, 2020
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Hello Laura, We are sorry to hear about your disappointing experience at Cooper Hewitt. We would like to offer you and your husband complimentary museum admission so that you can visit when the major third-floor exhibition, Contemporary Muslim Fashions, opens to the public (Feb. 28). If this is of interest, please write to Kathleen Kane, Head of Visitor Experience, at KaneKM@si.edu.
Written February 7, 2020
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Henny Renjo
Melbourne, Australia168 contributions
Interesting brain-teasing science museum
Dec 2019
The exhibits in this impressive if slightly dark and shadowy historic building, all have a scientific basis and many are interactive in fun ways. However I can’t imagine children under 8 years of age finding much for them here, because the concepts and explanations are of a fairly high level. However, if you are a science buff, you could easily spend 3 - 4 hours here.
Written January 2, 2020
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marive05
Buenos Aires, Argentina37 contributions
Interactive visit
Nov 2019
There are a lot of interactive activities which can be recorded and you can have access at home. Some of them are useful to be used at school with your students as tools or resources. It's appealing and exciting at the same time. We can go there again.
Written January 1, 2020
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Paul
Cumberland Center, ME2 contributions
Interesting Museum
Dec 2019 • Couples
The Cooper Hewitt is an interesting museum with many well trained and friendly staff around to inform you, answer questions, and secure the exhibits.

"Please Touch" can be seen on several exhibits, encouraging interactions. Several exhibits were pretty high-tech, but seemingly unrelated.

I think the exhibits would be too advanced for students below middle school level. Even in middle school, some concepts might be a stretch.

We spent 3+ hours and were able to see everything we wanted.
Written December 28, 2019
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