Design Field Trips

Pre-Visit and Design Field Trip

This recommended experience includes a pre-visit in your classroom and a Design Field Trip to the museum.  During the pre-visit a Design Educator will visit your classroom for an introduction to design thinking that will prepare students for their Design Field Trip. This program enriches your students’ museum experience by giving them the opportunity to review concepts that will be explored during the Design Field Trip. The Design Field Trip is a 90-minute program includes an interactive  tour and hands-on workshop. Students will explore 5-6 objects and participate in a design focused workshop. The teacher selected program offering will be the focus of your field trip.

Design Field Trip for New York City Schools is made possible, in part, by Target Logo. Additional support is provided by The Hirsch Family Foundation and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Design Field Trips

This 90-minute program includes an interactive  tour and hands-on workshop. Students will explore 5-6 objects and participate in a design focused workshop. The teacher selected program offering will be the focus of your field trip.

Design Field Trip for New York City Schools is made possible, in part, by Target Logo. Additional support is provided by The Hirsch Family Foundation and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Current field trip offerings

We are now accepting School Programs reservations for October 2017-December 2017. Click here to register!

Fees

New York City Schools

Includes private, public, and charter schools in the five boroughs):

  • FREE. Includes admission and all materials
  • Minimum* of 15 students and Maximum of 30 students
  • Minimum 1 chaperone for every 10 students / Maximum 4 chaperones, including classroom teacher

Non-New York City Schools

  • $400 includes admission and all materials
  • Minimum* of 15 students and Maximum of 30 students
  • Minimum 1 chaperone for every 10 students / Maximum 4 chaperones, including classroom teacher

*If your group has special needs that require a smaller group size, please contact tours@cooperhewitt.zendesk.com or (212) 849-8351.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Programs do you offer for k-12 schools?

There are two choices.

  1. Design Field Trip, an interactive inquiry tour and hands-on workshop at Cooper Hewitt (90-minute program).
  2. Combined option of a Pre-visit in the classroom (60-minute program) and Design Field Trip.

What is the benefit of the Pre-visit?

A Design Educator will visit your classroom for an introduction to design thinking that will prepare students for their Design Field Trip. This program enriches your students’ museum experience by giving them the opportunity to review concepts that will be explored during the Design Field Trip.

WHAT DO THE STUDENTS DO DURING THE Design field trip?

When you register, you will select a project focused on a theme that will be explored during the tour and workshop. On the tour, students will explore five to six objects in depth to learn about the design process; and during the workshop, students will participate in an activity that puts the design process into action!

When do I decide which option I want to make?

When you register you will select your option. Please note that we request if teachers chose the Pre-Visit and Design Field Trip option that they complete both parts as registered.

CAN I REGISTER FOR MORE THAN ONE CLASS?

For either option you can schedule up to two groups. The pre-visit for each class will be scheduled for the same day and Design Field Trip will happen during the same 90-minute period (one class will begin with the tour, the other class with the workshop).

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO REGISTER?

Registration must be done six weeks in advance. We only take weekday reservations.

WHAT INFORMATION DO I NEED TO HAVE WHEN REGISTERING?

  1. School mailing address
  2. Teacher name(s) and grade
  3. School District
  4. School contact information (e.g., school phone, email address)
  5. Teacher contact information (e.g., cell phone, email address)
  6. Number of classes and students (up to 30 students per group; smaller classes may not be combined to form a larger group of over 30 participants)
  7. Number of chaperones (up to four chaperones per class; a minimum of one adult per ten students)

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SUBMIT MY RESERVATION REQUEST?

Your reservation request will be reviewed within seven business days. A confirmation email will be sent to you noting the program date and start time.

WHERE CAN THE BUS PARK?

Buses may drop off and pick up school groups at the main entrance to the museum at 2 E. 91st Street. While waiting, buses can remain on 5th Avenue or seek alternative locations.

WHERE DO I CHECK IN when i arrive?

We ask that you arrive ten minutes before your scheduled start time to check in.  Enter the museum on 91st Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, and your Design Educator will greet you there!

WHAT SHOULD MY STUDENTS BRING to the museum?

Students don’t need to bring anything; we’ll provide all necessary supplies. Please note that students will be asked to check their belongings when they arrive, so they should not bring any valuables with them.

WHAT IF MY STUDENTS REQUIRE SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS?

On your reservation request, please indicate special accommodations so we can provide the most successful experience for all participants. Also, visit https://www.cooperhewitt.org/accessibility-at-cooper-hewitt/ to learn more about Cooper Hewitt’s accessibility services.

CAN MY CLASS STAY IN THE MUSEUM AFTER MY GUIDED VISIT?

Yes. When you arrive, your class will receive entrance tickets and may come and go freely for the rest of the day. We recommend that chaperones and students divide themselves into smaller groups, as large groups cannot be accommodated in the galleries at the same time.

WHERE CAN My class EAT their LUNCH?

School groups are welcome to sit in the garden to eat lunch. Please note, we do not have a place to store your lunch, and food is not allowed in the galleries.  Cooper Hewitt Cafe seating is for non-group cafe customers only.

The garden will be closed from October 3 through October 22.

WHAT IF WE’RE LATE?

If your group is late, your program will be shortened accordingly and finish at the originally designated time. Groups more than 45-minutes late will be cancelled; however, your group will have the option to explore the Museum without an Educator. If your group is running late, please call the Visitor Experience Desk at 212.849.2950.

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TOUR?

All cancellations must be received in writing to tours@cooperhewitt.zendesk.com at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled program date. We highly discourage cancellation, but if it is essential, then please note that it strains our resources to pay for contractors to lead programming. In addition, when cancellations occur it often costs another school the opportunity to participate.  We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Any cancellation made with less than 48 hours’ notice will not be eligible to reschedule a program for the school year. Finally, if cancellations are done repeatedly this will jeopardize the school’s participation in future programming.

What if I want to reschedule?

We cannot guarantee that your program can be rescheduled.  In order to be considered for a rescheduled date the request must be received in writing to tours@cooperhewitt.zendesk.com at least two weeks in advance of the original date with a valid reason.  A new request will need to be received by us at least six weeks prior to the requested date. Please note: if rescheduling requests are done repeatedly, this will jeopardize the school’s participation in future programming.