Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York City

(4/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
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  • Upscale museum with first rate displays of design. They loan you a special pen to download information on the exhibits of interest. 
  • Loved the exhibitions apart from the standing items. There was one of recycled materials made into art. Loved the fun of designing my own wall paper. In a stunning old mansion 
  • We had such a fun time. The kids loved everything from the spinning chairs in the basement to the urban improvements described on the top floor. Of course, the highlight was the wallpaper design area ...  more »
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  • I've been to a lot of museums in my life, but I've never gone to an interactive one. And wow! This was a VERY interesting concept! In one of the photos, you can see my friend and I posing with our black pens. Using this, you go around the museum, interacting different exhibitions, saving your creations made digitally, and exploring more of the museum itself. Also as a bonus, if you are 18 or younger, admission is free so that was a winning factor for us. :) I was jus a bit disappointed in the fact of how small the museum actually is. Compared to nearby museums such as the Guggenheim or the Metropolitan, Cooper Hewitt offers a limited experience with only the 4 floors it offers, containing rooms as small as classrooms. The interactions were not a lot and my friends and I quickly visited everywhere in less than 1h and a half. We usually spend 3 hrs. min at museums. Nevertheless, it was very fun to explore and use our pens in the different exhibitions offered. However, I would not want to go back until more or new exhibits were showcased.
  • I LOVE this place. I only wish it were bigger especially for the admission price. I love how it was interactive with the Pens they hand out. you can scan pieces you might like with the pen and they will give you a special code to enter on the website when you're home so you can revisit the pieces you saved. Great interactions.
  • I'm only giving the Cooper Hewitt four stars because the 3rd floor was closed when I visited. However I'm sure when all floors are open it will deserve the five star rating many people have already given it. By the way, the Cooper Hewitt seems to be the only museum using non-reflective glass for its displays. I wish more museums and galleries did the same. A previous reviewer complained about the CafĂ© at the Museum. Unfortunately the cafe is far too small for the Museum, and the three staffers, while doing their best to meet demand, were clearly struggling with the workload while I was there. Finally, because the third floor was closed when I visited, the Museum had reduced the adult entry price to just $5. Nice one, folks :-)
  • Fantastic museum! All the exhibitions engage the viewer and you are given a pen/wand upon getting a ticket. This allows you to save any object/piece of art in a collection by pressing it against the plus sign on the objects label. This collects all your saved objects at a URL given on your entrance ticket. The exhibitions change all the time, so always something new to see.
  • Difficult to justify the mandatory $18 admission (except Saturdays when it's pay-what-you-can-afford) Very very small space by NY standards and odd curation of objects. The interactive displays are more technically "cool" than they are informative.