Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

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Carnegie Hill, New York
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    Design*Sponge
    "Don't miss the gift shop housed in Andrew Carnegie's former office."(6 Tips)
    Abigail G.
    "the van cleef and arpels show got extended - its a must see!"(3 Tips)
    Savannah P.
    "The interactive pens are an amazing feature."(3 Tips)
    Gayngood
    "really great design exhibits"(3 Tips)
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  • Nadia A.heart icon on user image
    Nadia ArkhipovaJanuary 27, 2015
    Hidden gem of the Museums Mile - next door to Guggenheim museum and so much more fun! Very interactive, lots of things to get involved in: design your own building, wallpaper, lamp... Very cool place.
  • Silene L.heart icon on user image
    Silene LimJuly 7, 2017
    If you love 1920s American jazz age, go. Beautiful exhibits of Cartier and Tiffany vanity, cigarette cases, along with jewelry and furniture. During prohibition and migration b/w Paris and New York.
  • IrmaZandl Z.heart icon on user image
    IrmaZandl ZandlSlantJanuary 19, 2015
    LOVE the renovation. More space, more items on display. 3rd fl tools and makers is fab. My fave probably the flat screen interactive displays on the Carnegie home. On 2nd fl by the stairs. Brilliant
  • Lauren M.heart icon on user image
    Lauren MacAugust 30, 2015
    Fun, interactive, and save-able exhibits -- take home the memories and the design inspiration with the pen they hand out at the start! The architecture exhibit on floor 3 was fascinating.
  • Justin M.heart icon on user image
    Justin McKissickJuly 21, 2016
    Most interesting, most interactive, and most fun museum I have ever visited. Their new digital pen system is awesome. If you're on the fence about going, just go - you won't regret it!
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaJanuary 29, 2019
    Underrated museum with great design. Stop by the cafe and enjoy an espresso outdoors in the spring or fall. Fun fact - it's the old mansion of Andrew Carnegie!
  • Ben F.
    Ben FortneyDecember 1, 2017
    Architecture of the building is gorgeous, exhibits were unusual and interactive, but the museum itself is small. After having it on my to-do list for so long, I wish there had been more to see.
  • Zeba S.heart icon on user image
    Zeba SiddiqiMarch 13, 2016
    The best way to spend your Saturday evening if you love exploring & museum visits! From 6pm-9pm its pay as you wish
  • Hartje U.
    Hartje UtrechtMarch 21, 2015
    We were looking for a small but interesting museum where we could spent a couple of hours but not a whole day. This was exactly that. Interesting, interactive, fun. I made a sand selfie!
  • Kevin S.heart icon on user image
    Kevin StappApril 15, 2018
    Just wow! The best interactive experience I’ve ever had in a museum. Not slammed with people like so many other NY museums
  • Gayngoodheart icon on user image
    GayngoodJanuary 12, 2018
    don't miss it! really great design exhibits and the electronic pen feature is truly the future. Also don't be afraid to talk to the security guards! They're not only nice but also very knowledgable
  • Marina B.heart icon on user image
    Marina BuritySeptember 12, 2015
    Great design museum and it has that perfect size where you can see all without getting tired. I love their smart pen, you can save your favorites works and receive all the information later.
  • Matt H.heart icon on user image
    Matt HealyDecember 14, 2014
    Go up to the top floor first and have your photo taken for a #sandselfie. There can be a bit of a backlog but it'll give you an estimated time to come back.
  • Kevin O.heart icon on user image
    Kevin O'NeillSeptember 22, 2017
    Bring your kids! The simple scavenger hunt they setup for your kids made the whole experience a lot of fun. Outside that, the pen tech makes the entire experience an immersive one.
  • Elynn L.
    Elynn LeeJanuary 11, 2016
    Really awesome museum! Love the new pen system - you can view your saved items and designs online after your visit. There's currently a Pixar exhibit. The immersion room is really fun, too.
  • Joanne C.
    Joanne CheungDecember 31, 2015
    Small museum - can probably complete in 2 hours, but it has interesting history behind it and the interactive pens make it a fun experience!
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaAugust 1, 2018
    Underrated museum with great design. Stop by the cafe and enjoy an espresso outdoors in the spring or fall.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CDecember 1, 2017
    It all depends on the exhibits... the current 3D printed items is really amazing and eye-opening; some of the others seem out of place, but all were pretty cool
  • Alice N.heart icon on user image
    Alice NamJanuary 7, 2016
    Unexpectedly beautiful museum. Even if you aren't that into modern designs, there're other exhibitions/architecture itself to might elicit interest
  • Gunnar A.heart icon on user image
    Gunnar AasenDecember 31, 2016
    They provide very cool electronic pens to "bookmark" your favorite exhibits. The entrance to the garden is in the back of the cafe in the museum bookstore.
  • mjbheart icon on user image
    mjbApril 5, 2016
    housed in Andrew Carnegie's mansion on 5th Avenue, the space is as fascinating as the collection it houses.
  • Lauren E.heart icon on user image
    Lauren EamesAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The gardens are gorgeous. Did you know the library is open to the public and has an amazing world's Fair collection? Just make an appointment!
  • Dan M.heart icon on user image
    Dan MoneySeptember 5, 2021
    free entry and small manageable size makes it a great stop-in when in the area
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CerdaNovember 12, 2015
    The cafe is open to the public, and offers yummy paninis and freeee wifi ! Photo: Cotto (ham & provolone)
  • Bryant B.heart icon on user image
    Bryant BalatbatFebruary 24, 2015
    Entrance is on 91st. The interactive installations are fun. 3rd floor has the best ones. Make sure to get a picture inside the "Controller of the Universe".
  • Renae M.heart icon on user image
    Renae MasonJuly 23, 2015
    Beautiful modern design collection, pick up a digital pen and make a collection of your favorite items as you browse the galleries.
  • Ryan Scott T.
    Ryan Scott TandyMay 28, 2016
    The cafe and gardens are a great place to relax away from the crowds. Awesome interactive museum as well!
  • John D.heart icon on user image
    John DuncanFebruary 16, 2016
    One of best museums I've been to and while the exhibits are great, their incorporation of technology is unparalleled
  • Bianca N.heart icon on user image
    Bianca NgAugust 26, 2016
    One of my favorite museums in the world! They always have interesting, thoughtful exhibits. I always feel inspired whenever I go! 👍🏼
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsMay 24, 2011
    Our concierge recommends stopping into this creative museum which always is exhibiting the best in design. If you have a chance, relax in the old solarium on the East side of the building.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatOctober 19, 2011
    Often overlooked on "Museum Mile", Cooper Hewitt is set in a former Carnegie Mansion. They have an abundance of design exhibits so check their website before going to find one that interests you.
  • Teachers College S.
    Closed for renovation, re-opening in 2014. The only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life.
  • MuseumMileNYC
    MuseumMileNYCMay 25, 2011
    Cocktails in NYC's largest private garden are back for the summer! Visit the Cooper Hewitt on Thursdays and enjoy DJs, seasonal drinks, and light fare, FREE with admission from 6-9 pm.
  • Caroline D.heart icon on user image
    Caroline DengDecember 13, 2015
    They have a great gift shop and free wifi! Cafe is nice and clean if you want to make it a work day
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaJuly 17, 2018
    Underrated museum with great design. Stop by the cafe and enjoy an espresso outdoors in the spring or fall.
  • Elger v.heart icon on user image
    Elger van der WelFebruary 27, 2015
    Really nice and modern museum, which explains a lot's about the concept behind designs and shows lot's of interesting examples.
  • Bettina K.heart icon on user image
    Bettina KFebruary 12, 2017
    A well done museum experience that lets you engage with exhibits by designing things or simply collecting digital artifacts
  • Aoife S.heart icon on user image
    Aoife SSeptember 15, 2015
    Highly recommend this museum! So many interesting and interactive exhibits. Love the current poster exhibition!
  • Jessicaheart icon on user image
    JessicaMay 10, 2015
    Pay what you wish, Saturday evening! Such a fun place in a beautiful location.
  • cj f.
    cj fitzgeraldMarch 20, 2018
    Highly interactive museum in the former Carnegie mansion, focused on design.
  • Ilia M.
    Ilia MJanuary 6, 2017
    Definitely do the interactive wallpaper room! And check out the reading atrium behind the giftshop.
  • Kamaria M.heart icon on user image
    Kamaria MionDecember 5, 2016
    So many interactive exhibits! Really loved getting to try to design things and the gift shop was almost as fun as the museum itself
  • Sarah
    SarahApril 20, 2015
    The interactive elements show real promise and the immersion room was especially fun. Not a destination in itself (small and lacking in areas), but if you have $16 and an hour to burn, stop by.
  • Kyle B.heart icon on user image
    Kyle ByeMay 23, 2016
    Take a spin in the $700 plastic chairs before you head inside. Could go around for days.
  • kev/nullheart icon on user image
    kev/nullJanuary 20, 2015
    Lots of great interactive installations. Make sure to play with the Immersion Room.
  • Elizabeth B.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth BursteinOctober 28, 2018
    Loved the senses exhibit! So interesting and creative
  • pyramus 🔥heart icon on user image
    pyramus 🔥January 24, 2010
    The Design USA exhibition is quite good. It gives an overview of the Design Award winners from recent years. Make sure to borrow a free iPod as it's the only way to background info and sound of videos
  • Alma L.heart icon on user image
    Alma LealJuly 27, 2016
    One of the best and most underrated museums in NY. A must.
  • Alex R.heart icon on user image
    Alex RichardsJuly 30, 2015
    Awesome museum, they have magic pens that allow you to interact with all the exhibits and download at home.
  • Leo N.heart icon on user image
    Leo N-BAugust 23, 2015
    They're currently running an exhibit on posters, which comes highly recommended. The museum shop is equally great.
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