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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Address: 2 E 91st Street, New York City, NY 10128
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the United...

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. After a three-year renovation, the museum re-opened in December 2014 with exhibitions featuring a rich mix of design objects from our permanent collection, unique temporary installations, and dynamic interactive experiences. We also have an exciting calendar of events, including hands-on workshops, talks, and family programs.

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small museum, but interative

The whole museum is small, but interactive. The staff will give you an interactive pen and you can record the display you love and review them by using the ticket number and the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An interesting place to visit. Old mansion with many rooms to explore and outside gardens. Right on 5th ave.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The whole museum is small, but interactive. The staff will give you an interactive pen and you can record the display you love and review them by using the ticket number and the official site. The second floor is about furniture and appliance, the third floor is about city planning. There is a nice souvenir shop on the first floor

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Asheboro, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The home this museum is housed in has some amazing detail work - great exhibit about solving environmental and other problems on the third floor. Pens allowed you to download pictures and other info about exhibits

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Exeter, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We initially chose to visit the Cooper-Hewitt Museum to have a look at the house we were very pleasantly surprised with the displays. Travelling with two teenagers the interactive pen was a winner allowing you track your visit and retrieve to show others. Our favourite exhibition was the Process Lab: Citizen Design. Make sure you allow time to visit the... More 

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New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So much to see yet not overwhelming. Loved the "pens" that allowed us to revisit our favorite objects online after we left. You simply click on the item in the museum, and it's saved for you to remember later. The building is stunning. Wish the tour guide (free tour) had told us more about the architecture and the family who... More 

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Foster City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great exhibit on with interesting solutions to problems facing society as a whole. But also the museum building was interesting given its start as a private home. Take the time to look at the architectural details in the different rooms. I got there late but the cafe looked like a lovely place to stop for a bite and the shop... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to this museum not really knowing what to expect, but was extremely pleased with my experience! The museum is incredibly dynamic and features many interactive exhibits. My favorite feature is the museum gave me a "pen" which had many features, including the ability to download a picture and description of any object in the museum that I desired.... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is housed in the beautiful landmark of Andrew Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue. It is a combination of science and design and interactive. Current exhibits are Creative Reuse of Textile Scraps and Designing a Better America. If you purchase tickets online you save $2 otherwise it's $18 at the entrance. Children under 18 are free. From January 17th... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good selection of decorative objects and quite a lot of interactive activities available, including the special electronic pen received at the entrance. One gallery was closed so I think the admission price of 18 usd was a bit steep. There is a wonderful resting place in a large greenhouse.

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Burlington, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Upscale museum with first rate displays of design. They loan you a special pen to download information on the exhibits of interest.

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Combining quiet residential neighbourhoods that have easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of the nation's most famous attractions in a single stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the neighbourhood, and you’ll come to Park Avenue, the poshest address in the city, lined with grand apartment buildings as far as the eye can see. Even if you can’t afford the luxury goods along Madison Avenue, it’s still a great spot to window shop an afternoon away.
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