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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
Upper East Side
+1 212-849-8400
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent 2 hours at the Cooper Hewitt and, although we got a good overview, could have stayed another hour or so and remained engaged. The museum, although a Smithsonian, does not have free entry, but it was a reasonable fee and also free for...More

Thank SnowyShasta
Reviewed 4 days ago

We attended the current exhibit at this museum recently. I was in absolute awe of the variety & scope of this amazing place. The art, the jewels, the furniture, clothing absolutely indescribable. A must see. I would go back in a heartbeat if I lived...More

Thank Debby S
Reviewed 4 days ago

With all the great things to see and do in NYC this often gets overlooked and shouldn't. There are treasures within.

Thank BigoBoca
Reviewed 5 days ago

went to see the Jazz Age exhibit which was outstanding. THe museum provides a pen/stylus which you can use to save your favorites and work on your own creations at their interactive tables/stations. It is a small museum with a lovely cafe and outdoor garden....More

Thank Msmouse1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A great find on museum row. Wonderful mansion with beautiful wood paneling. Do not miss the garden. Interesting Jazz age exhibit with a novel digital system allowing visitors to bring their favourites home! An interesting interactive digital table with loads of information. Really worth a...More

Thank gorlinjay
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely museum. The exhibit we went to see on the Jazz Age was outstanding and the building, in an old Carnegie Mansion, is exquisitely preserved. But they have the most peculiar staff I have ever experienced at a museum. They come in...More

Thank J R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent 1 hour 20 mn to roam between in 3 floors of this fantastic landmark house. It's very well preserved and the display is very original with many interactive activities, which is great for 5 years old and up. Highly recommended when you have...More

Thank Sandra K
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cooper Hewitt is New York's design museum. It is housed in the former Andrew Carnegie Mansion on 5th Avenue. A terrific exhibition on Art Deco called "The Jazz Age" was on when we visited in May. Not well known, but well worth a visit...More

Thank V581ZSdonb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were interested in seeing Carnegie's mansion, though little remains showing it as it might have been. It now serves as the canvas for this museum, which is well laid out and contains exhibitions of interest. I was left feeling that it barely justified the...More

Thank HV-London
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for the 1920's exhibit - but I would recommend this museum (also) for their permanent collection.

Thank joeisle17
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
23 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