Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

2 East 91st Street
New York, New York
Upper East Side

Daily 10 am - 6 pm
Open Saturday until 9 pm

This newly renovated collection of historic and contemporary design is a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages. Explore innovative design – including blocks, cars and other kid favorites – through the centuries, play designer on high resolution touchscreen tables, pretend to talk on old-fashioned princess phones, and “collect” favorite objects that can be accessed online later with very cool electronic ‘Pens.’

$: $16, $14 online, $10/seniors, free/ages 17 & under
Free admission for 1 grown-up after storytimes

Annual Memberships: $75+.

Free Hours: Saturdays 6 - 9 pm

Favorite Spots: Draw your own wallpaper designs then see them projected lifesize in the Immersion Room


Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits

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Hear, See, Play: Designing With Sound (through Jul 29)
In this hands-on exhibition, become a sound designer for Trash Bot, a street-cleaning machine. Also see cool record covers and concert posters and play with different sounds.

Storytimes: Storytimes include creative play, the reading of a design-focused book and hands-on projects (and free admission for one caregiver to the museum). Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 am & 11:30 am

Family Programs: Create under the guidance of art and design professionals in weekend Design Kids workshops for ages 5-12.

Strollers/Diapers: All of the galleries are accessible via ramp or elevator. Baby-changing tables can be found in all of the ground-floor restrooms. Outside snacks allowed in the Cafe seating area.

Eat & Treats: The excellent cupcakes and other sweet treats are the main lure at Yura on Madison (between 91st & 92nd Street) but delicious healthier entrees, sides & sandwiches are also available.

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