Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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

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“devoted to design”

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming. It is the mission of Cooper-Hewitt’s staff and Board of Trustees to advance the public understanding of design across the twenty-four centuries of human creativity represented by the Museum’s collection.  It is the only museum in the United States devoted to historical and contemporary design. Its collections and exhibitions explore approximately 240 years of design aesthetic and creativity. The museum has one of the world's largest collections of decorative arts. It is the mission of Cooper-Hewitt’s staff and Board of Trustees to advance the public understanding of design across the thirty centuries of human creativity represented by the Museum’s collection. The Museum was founded in 1897 by Amy, Eleanor, and Sarah Hewitt—granddaughters of industrialist Peter Cooper—as part of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. A branch of the Smithsonian since 1967, Cooper-Hewitt is housed in the landmark Andrew Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The campus also includes two historic townhouses renovated with state-of-the-art conservation technology and a unique terrace and garden. Cooper-Hewitt’s collections include more than 250,000 design objects and a world-class design library. Its exhibitions, in-depth educational programs, and on-site, degree-granting master’s program explore the process of design, both historic and contemporary. As part of its mission, Cooper-Hewitt annually sponsors the National Design Awards, a prestigious program which honors innovation and excellence in American design. Together, these resources and programs reinforce Cooper-Hewitt’s position as the preeminent museum and educational authority for the study of design in the United States.

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Scarlett H.

Cooper Hewitt is a DESIGN museum, which gives them a huge space to be creative and meaningful. And they did it! From handmade fabric items, to hospital & medical equipment, to porcelain &... Read more

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Anne R.

Beautiful architectural preservation efforts, interesting design exhibitions. Social justice themes and curation. I love the indoor and outdoor cafe space that are inviting even if not viewing... Read more

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Jay M.

If you're familiar with Andrew Carnegie and hadn't already known, this is one of the homes he had designed and lived in until his death in the early 1900's. At his request of "the plainest,... Read more

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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

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