Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York City

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is a design museum located in the Upper East Side's Museum Mile in Manhattan, New York City. It is one of 19 museums that fall under the wing of the Smithsonian Institution and is one of three Smithsonian facilities located in New York City, the other two being the George Gustav Heye Center in Bowling Green and the Archives of American Art New York Research Center in the Flatiron District. 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.
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  • Very well organized museum that has several different displays. The Susie Zuzek display was quite interesting, given her incredibly sizable and influential output. We were also intrigued by the E...  more »
  • Located in the exquisite Carnegie mansion, this is a museum of design. It has very well-staged special expos on design subjects as well as a gorgeous permanent collection. Since it's part of the...  more »
  • Ok so I didn't really know what to expect from the design museum. But it loved up to it's hype. Went on a Saturday after 6 for pay what you want entry (nice little bonus). The exhibits are well detailed and interesting,.with some being interactive. I like the system where when you find something interesting you can save it to your digital I'd to review more when you get home. It's a simple process and works well. If it's a nice day make sure to check out the garden space that feels very relaxing to just sit down and unwind in. The cafe provides refreshments and there are tables and seats available.
  • 7/20/19: This museum makes for a relaxing yet informative excursion. The building itself is a beautiful old mansion worth admiration. 📸 It's just big enough where one does not feel pressed for time in order to enjoy exhibits, nor does one feel overwhelmed by fellow guests. Among its current exhibitions, the Curiosity Cloud is definitely eye-catching and engaging. Be sure to check out the Immersion Room where you can have a turn at designing and showcasing your own digital wallpaper. 📽

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