Caroline Baumann is the Director of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design, Cooper Hewitt’s special exhibitions and educational programs tell design’s story, raise awareness of design’s universal value, and demonstrate design’s power to make a difference. To transform the nation’s design museum into a dynamic, global resource for the public understanding of design, Caroline spearheaded the museum’s most ambitious capital campaign to date and led the recent renovation and expansion of the museum’s home in the historic landmark Carnegie Mansion. The reimagined Cooper Hewitt features exhibitions that travel the world; groundbreaking interactive museum technologies; a free national design education program for students K-12; and a permanent collection of 210,000 design objects that are digitized and available on the museum’s website.

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