Design Access

Photograph of design objects on exhibition in Access+Ability on view through September 3. For information about the exhibition and programming at the museum related to accessible design scroll

Programming and events dedicated to accessibility and inclusion

Cooper Hewitt is committed to broadening its audiences and ensuring the museum is welcoming to all. Watch this space to learn how we are using the galleries and museum resources to raise awareness of accessible design innovation, inspire dialogue, and leverage Cooper Hewitt’s role as a dynamic design hub to promote problem-solving in support of inclusivity.

Exhibition: Access+Ability

Through September 3.

From low-tech products that assist with daily routines to the newest technologies, explore how users and designers are expanding and adapting accessible products and solutions in ways previously unimaginable.

Reelabilities Film Festival | Film Shorts

Friday, March 9, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

A series of short films created by directors and animators with disabilities, and a documentary exploring the story of a Barcelona design studio demonstrate how the disability experience influences the design process.

Access+Ability | Verbal Description Tours

Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. and Sundays, 3:00 p.m.

Verbal description, docent-led tours of Access+Ability are designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision and are open to all. Discover highlights from the exhibition through rich and dynamic description and sensory experience. Touch tour components of some objects may be included.


A list of supporters of the exhibition and Cooper Hewitt Lab: AARP, Ford Foundation, August de los Reyes, Esme Usdan Exhibition Fund, Master's Program Fund, plus NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities