Fodor's Expert Review Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Upper East Side Museum/Gallery

The Cooper Hewitt is a slick 21st-century museum that has taken an ornate, century-old mansion (once the residence of industrialist Andrew Carnegie) and outfitted it with the latest technologies and amenities to create a highly interactive experience. You don’t just look at design; you engage it and then take it home. Visitors receive a digital pen that acts as a key to the museum’s entire collection of more than 200,000 objects, everything from antique cutlery and Japanese sword fittings to robotics and animation. Museum highlights include giant touch-screen tables where visitors can summon random-yet-relevant items from the museum’s collection by drawing a squiggle or a shape; the Immersion Room, where visitors can view and save their favorite wallpapers from the museum’s incredible collection or create their own designs; and the Process Lab, where visitors get hands-on to solve design dilemmas.

The focus on design and discovery extends to "SHOP," where limited-edition... READ MORE

The Cooper Hewitt is a slick 21st-century museum that has taken an ornate, century-old mansion (once the residence of industrialist Andrew Carnegie) and outfitted it with the latest technologies and amenities to create a highly interactive experience. You don’t just look at design; you engage it and then take it home. Visitors receive a digital pen that acts as a key to the museum’s entire collection of more than 200,000 objects, everything from antique cutlery and Japanese sword fittings to robotics and animation. Museum highlights include giant touch-screen tables where visitors can summon random-yet-relevant items from the museum’s collection by drawing a squiggle or a shape; the Immersion Room, where visitors can view and save their favorite wallpapers from the museum’s incredible collection or create their own designs; and the Process Lab, where visitors get hands-on to solve design dilemmas.

The focus on design and discovery extends to "SHOP," where limited-edition objects are for sale. There is a café, and an outdoor garden is free and open to the public. Guided tours run daily at 11:30, at 1:30 on weekdays, and at 1 and 3 on weekends. Admission is pay-what-you-wish Saturday evening from 6 to 9.

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Quick Facts

2 E. 91st St.
New York, New York  10128, USA

212-849–8400

www.cooperhewitt.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $18 ($16 online)

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