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 collection of historic and contemporary design is a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages. Explore innovative design through the centuries, play designer on high resolution touchscreen tables with very cool electronic ‘pens,’ and rock around in the Spun chairs in the basement.

$: $16, $14 online, $10/seniors, free/ages 17 & under

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:

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility (through Mar 31)
Interact with 40 design projects inspired by the technologies that will change how we move people, goods, and services in the future. Creatively consider how droids, bots, drones, and more can make streetscapes safer, transportation more equitable, and cities more sustainable.

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: Get pizza, panini, salads and biscotti in the museum's cafe and gorgeous Compartes chocolate bars in the gift shop. 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. Or head to the Russ & Daughters Cafe in the Jewish Museum across the street.

Other Tips: Lounge on high-design, kid-friendly furniture in the free admission terrace and garden.

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