Open Source at Cooper Hewitt

White plastic parts with various pegs and holes on a black background

The Free Universal Construction Kit, Free Art and Technology [F.A.T.] Lab and Sy-Lab.

Resources

Cooper Hewitt is committed to making its collections, knowledge, and resources as accessible and useful as possible. Here you can find the growing list of tools and resources that the museum has made available under a variety of liberal license conditions which are, where possible, global in application.

For all other resources not listed here, standard Smithsonian terms-of-use apply. We encourage you to make use of the Fair Use doctrine (or equivalent) in your jurisdiction. The College Art Association has a useful primer on Fair Use as it applies to art museum resources in the USA.

Image licensing

Our images are available for commercial licensing through ArtResource.

All requests to commercially reproduce works from Cooper Hewitt’s collection should be addressed directly to:

Art Resource
536 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

requests@artres.com
Tel: 212.505.8700
Fax: 212.505.2053

Collection data and public API

Collection data, excluding images, is released under Creative Commons Zero. It is available as a downloadable spreadsheet, as individual JSON files, and through our public API. Learn more about this in our Developers section.

3D model of the Carnegie Mansion and interiors

A high resolution 3D model of the Mansion including textures and interiors, is available for download under Creative Commons Zero. Learn more about these models, how they were made, and how to download them and explore a 3D fly through.

Cooper Hewitt: The typeface

As part of our rebranding, Cooper Hewitt commissioned a custom typeface from Pentagram and Chester Jenkins. This typeface is available for unrestricted reuse under an Open Font License.

Source code and developer tools

Cooper Hewitt Labs writes a lot of software in-house and where possible these are released under a mix of open licenses depending upon their underlying libraries. These can be found in our Github repository.