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 National Museum of the American Indian's 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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  • This museum houses a hugely important collection focused on design. The key points of the visit start with the collection history and its building, which was the Carnegie Mansion. Currently... 
    This museum houses a hugely important collection focused on design. The key points of the visit start with the collection history and its building, which was the Carnegie Mansion. Currently...  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • Probably one of my favorite art museums in the country! It's insane that it's free. best if you plan your trip and reserve tickets in advance. If you want to see the infinity with no wait, get a 11am weekday ticket and show up like 40 min before the museum opens and you'll be first in line. The architecture is so cool, too. It's also a nice size in terms of exhibit space, not too big, and focusing on quality over quantity. check out The Visitors piece that is there right now- stunning.
  • A museum within itself, this place has so much history on its own. aside from the beautiful architecture and history behind this home-turned-museum, it has wonderfully relevant rotating exhibits, interactive screens scattered around, and a nice variety of fantastic permanent pieces. I love this museum, can’t wait to be back.

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