Design Camp


As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, Cooper Hewitt and all Smithsonian museums are temporarily closed to the public and we have not announced a reopening date. We are closely monitoring the guidance of the CDC and local public health officials, and it’s with a heavy heart that we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Design Camp program.

The safety of our campers, educators and staff is our top priority and this decision was not made lightly. We will miss having your incredible kids in the museum this summer, but Design Camp will be back in 2021.

About Design Camp

Summer Design Camp
Four one-week sessions for ages 6 – 11
One-week session for ages 12 – 13
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

Is your child a designer, tinkerer, or creative thinker? Cooper Hewitt Design Camp offers week-long immersions in the latest advances in design. Guest designers share their problem-solving strategies and engage campers in fun, real-life design challenges. Campers will receive special access to the museum’s permanent collection and enjoy exciting collaborations.


At Cooper Hewitt Design Camp, we equip students with the tools necessary to tackle age-appropriate challenges, work collaboratively, and think creatively.  Campers master a four-step design process—defining problems, generating ideas, prototyping/making, and testing/evaluating—through a series of fun exercises and design challenges.  Each project is carefully crafted to introduce children to design vocabulary, techniques, and processes unique to Cooper Hewitt and applicable to future school assignments and personal explorations.

Registration IS CLOSED

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