Morning at the Museum is a Smithsonian program that provides access to a museum for individuals with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities. Join Cooper Hewitt, the National Portrait Gallery, and Access Smithsonian for a special virtual edition of Morning at the Museum. In this free, virtual program, participants will explore the work of designer Isamu Noguchi and design their own playground.

Participants have the option to build a 3-dimensional design using everyday materials from their home. Participation in all activities is possible with no materials, or you can use a paper and any writing tools to record your brainstorming ideas. Preparatory materials, including worksheets and a visual schedule, will be provided via email one week prior to the program date. 

This program is free and for all ages. Pre-registration required. To register, contact Ashley Grady at


This free program will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at or let us know when registering. 


Morning at the Museum is made possible with major support from Siegel Family Endowment. Generous support is also provided by The Hirsch Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.