Address & PhoneCooper-Hewitt
Two E 91st St. (on 5th Ave)
New York, NY 10128-9990
TTY (212) 849-8386
Subways4,5,6 to 86 or 96 St
Seniors and students $10
Children under 12 free
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution displays a virtual cornucopia of decorative and design arts in Andrew Carnegie's Upper East Side mansion.
Current and Future Exhibitions
At the Museum
by Jason Wiggins
The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum is one of the museums along the segment of Fifth Avenue known as Museum Mile. Andrew Carnegie's old mansion, which houses the Museum, looks like a building transplanted from a university campus; a black cast iron fence encloses a courtyard with grass and trees. While most museums have large banners or flags flying, the design museum posts a series of signs along the fence.
The exhibits, in large part, focus on work that gives every day items like furniture, computers and toothbrushes a more unique appearance, adding form to the function. Architecture and graphic design are also well covered.
The museum is not as large as it looks. Plan to spend two hours or more.