Become a Member


Members access the best in design

Members receive access to everything that Cooper Hewitt has to offer including four floors of exhibitions and access to our world-renowned collection of more than 210,000 historic and contemporary design objects. Member-only events provide the opportunity to experience the most exciting developments in design. And our innovative visitor experience features interactive galleries and digital tables which will inspire you to play designer!

  • Unlimited free admission
  • Shop and Cafe discounts
  • Access to the best in design
  • And more!

Contact Membership at 212.849.8349 or

Individual $75
100% tax-deductible

  • Unlimited admission for one
  • Invitation to select exhibition previews
  • 10% discount at the Café and SHOP Cooper Hewitt
  • Discounted program tickets
  • Special design events and offers
  • Subscription to the museum’s Design Journal
  • Free access to Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt
  • Discounted parking

Dual/Family $125
100% tax-deductible

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Unlimited admission for two adults and children under 18

Student/Senior Membership
Individual $65
Dual/Family $100

100% tax-deductible

  • Discounted rates for students and seniors offering all of the basic benefits of membership

Design Insider $350
$226 tax-deductible

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Invitation to all exhibition previews
  • Access to select design and art fairs
  • Invitation to annual Garden Party and Holiday Celebration
  • Access to The Art Museum Reciprocal Network
  • Priority registration for public programs

Design Watch $750
$490 tax-deductible
A portion of dues support Cooper Hewitt’s Acquisition Fund.

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Private design studio visits
  • Special access to design and art fairs
  • Opportunity to attend Design Miami
  • Subscription to Smithsonian Magazine
  • Acknowledgement in annual donor listings

Global Design $1,500
$1,055 tax-deductible

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Reciprocal privileges at international design museums
  • VIP access to international design and art fairs
  • Private collection visits
  • Complimentary guest passes
  • Free program tickets
  • Complimentary museum exhibition catalogue
  • 20% discount at SHOP Cooper Hewitt
  • Recognition as Smithsonian Giving Circle member
  • 20% discount at all Smithsonian museum shops

Design Circle $2,500
$1,985 tax-deductible

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Concierge phone service
  • Curator-led exhibition tours
  • Invitation to VIP Circle event
  • Opportunities to purchase limited-edition design objects
  • Personal shopper at SHOP Cooper Hewitt

Curator’s Circle $5,000
$4,175 tax-deductible

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Private museum tour
  • Annual “State of Design” event
  • Behind-the-scenes access to the museum’s collection
  • Complimentary Dual/Family gift membership

Director’s Circle $10,000
$9,055 tax-deductible

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Exclusive annual Director’s event
  • Special opening exhibition event
  • Opportunity to host an event at the museum