Accessibility Programs

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Accessibility Programs

Cooper Hewitt provides regularly scheduled tours and educational opportunities specifically designed for visitors with disabilities, including Verbal Description Tours and design workshops. To learn more about general accessibility at the museum, visit Accessibility at Cooper Hewitt.

Verbal Description Tours

Verbal Description Tours for blind and low vision visitors are offered virtually and in person for select museum exhibitions. These tours include rich description of museum objects, and our in-person tours typically include touchable objects.

To sign up for the verbal description tour mailing list, email or call 212-849-8384.

Morning at the Museum

Morning at the Museum is a sensory-friendly program for neurodivergent children and teens and their families in which they can visit Cooper Hewitt prior to opening on designated Saturday mornings. Attendees can participate in structured activities or explore the museum independently at their own pace. Prior to each program, registered families receive pre-visit materials to help them prepare for their visit.

Families, educators, and service providers can sign up for the Morning at the Museum mailing list by emailing or call 212-849-8384.

Learn more about Morning at the Museum programs at other Smithsonian museums.

Public Tours

Public tours are offered regularly and are free with museum admission. Most tours involve walking around the museum and standing in galleries for extended periods of time; standard manual wheelchairs and portable stools are available for those who need them.

ASL interpretation is available by request for any Cooper Hewitt tour, free of charge. Please make your request at least one week prior to your visit. To request these services, email or call 212-849-8384.


Upcoming Accessibility Programs

To see programs for all age levels, view our Calendar.