Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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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.

Venue name: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Address: 2 E 91st St
New York
10128
Cross street: at Fifth Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Fr1, Sun 10am–6pm; Sat 10am–9pm
Transport: Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St; 6 to 96th St
Price: $18, seniors $12, students $7, 18 and under free
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Chloe W
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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.