Become a Member

Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum "Why Design Now?"

Members see it first

Become a Cooper Hewitt Charter Member and be among the first to experience the latest in design, with an abundance of benefits, as we celebrate our opening in December 2014. As a destination for design enthusiasts, members experience groundbreaking exhibitions and access our world renowned collection.

• Invitation to member-only preview days and celebrations to see the new museum before it opens to the public
• Unlimited free admission and member priority entry
• Charter Member designation, yours for all time when you renew your annual membership

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