Entertain at Cooper Hewitt

Mansion with wisteria

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is housed in  philanthropist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie’s former mansion on museum mile. Built at the turn of the century, its fin de siècle interiors feature ornate coffered oak ceilings, carved  boiserie paneling , custom-made wallcoverings, and a conservatory with Palladian bronze and glass doors. A top-to-bottom interior and exterior renovation sensitively restored the grandeur of the mansion’s exquisite craftsmanship and  injected  contemporary architectural features to transform one of New York’s grandest residences into a dynamic, dramatic setting for gatherings of all sizes.

Situated on the highest point of Fifth Avenue with expansive views of Central Park, the mansion also enjoys one of the city’s largest enclosed gardens. The newly rejuvenated Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden has been redesigned to integrate contemporary landscape features with the garden’s historic plantings, and is open year-round for tented or plein-air events.

For more information on hosting an event at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, contact Special Events at 212-849-8340 or CHevents@si.edu.

Modeled after the main hall of Skibo Castle on Andrew Carnegie’s  Scottish estate, Cooper Hewitt’s Great Hall serves as the main entry to the museum and is resplendent with extraordinary architectural details, including a grand staircase, rich wood paneling, and Tiffany lamps.

Maximum capacity: 70 seated dinner; 250 standing reception
Dance floor and bands are permitted.

With views of Central Park and the magnificent Carnegie Mansion, our newly restored  garden offers a range of color and texture for seasonal interest, sophisticated lighting design, and an inviting green lawn for outdoor entertaining. The space can be tented and offers tremendous flexibility.

Maximum capacity: 500 seated dinner; 1,000 standing reception.
Dance floor and bands are permitted. No amplified sound after 9pm.

Located on the ground floor of the Carnegie Mansion, Cooper Hewitt’s Lecture Room offers a contemporary space that is ideally suited for lectures, film screenings, press events, meetings, and seminars.

Capacity: 100 theatre seating; 70 dinner seating; 125 standing reception

Located in the Miller/Fox Townhouses adjacent to the Carnegie Mansion, the Trustees Room overlooks the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden and provides an elegant, intimate setting for a private dinner, executive meeting, or lecture.

Capacity: 40 seated dinner; 60 standing reception