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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Things to do, Schools and universities Upper East Side
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)

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Founded in 1897 by the Hewitt sisters, granddaughters of industrialist Peter Cooper, the only museum in the U.S. solely dedicated to design (both historic and modern) has been part of the Smithsonian since the 1960s. The museum hosts periodic interactive family programs that allow children to experiment with design.



Address: 2 E 91st St
New York
Cross street: at Fifth Ave
Transport: Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St; 6 to 96th St
Price: $18, seniors $12, students $7, 18 and under free
Opening hours: Mon–Fri, Sun 10am–6pm; Sat 10am–9pm
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  • Art and design Until Monday January 20 2020

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One of Manhattan's smaller museums, the Cooper Hewitt has three floors of small, curated exhibits. Each one has a distinct story, and if you're not into one style, you'll certainly find another to appreciate. Perhaps one of the most unique features is the new interactive pen that guests tour with - simply tap on your favorite exhibits and post visit you can access a personalized digital archive to learn more about your favorite pieces and share them with friends and family. The pens also serve to let guests interact with digital exhibits - such as smart tables where you can design your own furniture, browse through pieces in the collections, and more. During the warmer months, be sure to check out the garden, which is free and open to the public on certain evenings. Also don't forget that they offer pay what you wish admission on Friday nights starting at 6 pm!


I truly appreciate this type of museum. Carefully curated with a sophisticated design aesthetic. The Cooper Hewitt exhibits are modern and relevant to current times but they still manage to pay homage to it's building’s architecture. It's history has been preserved and is reason alone to visit. It is gorgeous inside and out. They also include a great lineup of events on their calendar, my favorite is the Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt on Thursday evenings in the summertime. They take place on their gorgeous lawn with some pretty hip musical performances.


Visiting Cooper Hewitt lived up to the all of the expectations I had built up for it.  While the Pixar exhibit seems to be the big draw, it's only one of many interesting things in the museum - but still, the line was long, so go there first just to get it out of the way.  The Imagination exhibit on the third floor was very whimsical, it combined pop culture, mathematics, and artistic design in a way that makes you look at the entire building in a new way.  That said, the museum is small (compared to its nearby counterparts) and it may not be worth the $18 per person ticket.  Keep an eye out for when Cooper Hewitt is participating in the Museum Mile Festival, and stop by then.