School Group FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there Program 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.

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?

Design Field Trips consist of a 45-minute gallery tour and 45-minute workshop focusing on the central theme: Designers are Problem-Solvers. When you register, you will select from one of two lenses through which to explore this theme. The lenses are “Arts Integration” and “STEM,” and are aligned with Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts benchmarks and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), respectively.  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!

CAN I REGISTER FOR MORE THAN ONE CLASS?

For Pre-Visits, you must register two classes. For Design Field Trips, you may register one or two classes.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO REGISTER?

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

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.

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

WHAT IF MY STUDENTS REQUIRE SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS?

On your reservation request, please indicate special accommodations and information about your group/students in your group 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.

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?

Please 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 in the Great Hall!

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.

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.

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 and costs other schools the opportunity to participate in this free program. We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Cancellations received with less than 48 hours’ notice will not be eligible to reschedule for the school year. Repeated cancellations will jeopardize your 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: repeated rescheduling requests will jeopardize the school’s participation in future programming.