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New York City Sights

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution

  • 2 E. 91st St. Map It
  • Upper East Side

Updated 02/25/2014

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The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is closed while undergoing renovations that will increase the museum's exhibition space by 60%, while also enhancing visitor interactivity and accessibility. The new and improved Cooper-Hewitt is scheduled to reopen in fall 2014. In the meantime the museum is staging exhibitions around the city; check the website for more information.

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2 E. 91st St., at 5th Ave., New York, New York, 10028, United States

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Updated 02/25/2014


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Dec 21, 2008

Depends on what they're exhibiting

This is a small decorative and design arts museum that has only a fraction of its permanent collection on display at a time. What you see is directly tied to a particular genre or theme, and as such it very much matters what's being shown as to whether the museum's worth a visit or not. Way overpriced, in any event. The best thing here is actually the building itself, an opulent mansion once belonging to Dale Carnegie, which has plenty of lovely detail

inside and out.

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Sep 28, 2008

nothing to see

The museum's description bears NO resemblance to what is actually on display. On the day we visited, there was only ONE exhibit of watercolor paintings. The house is lovely, and interesting in it's own right, but only some its previous grandeur is visible.

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