Family Guide to Cooper Hewitt Copy

Photograph of design objects on exhibition in Access+Ability on view through September 3. For information about the exhibition and programming at the museum related to accessible design scroll

Discover design together!

With dozens of opportunities to touch, create, and explore design’s problem-solving power, Cooper Hewitt is the perfect family adventure. Admission is free for kids 18 and younger.

On view | The Senses: Design Beyond Vision

Located on 3rd floor.

Explore design for the senses! Interactive installations and touchable objects designed to inspire wonder and new ways of accessing the world.

On view | Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

In the Process Lab on 1st floor.

Installed in the museum’s Process Lab, learn how designers use and create sounds to enhance the user experience and give objects human-like personalities. Design your own sound effects for Trash Bot, a robotic street-cleaning machine!

On view | Immersion Room

Located on the 2nd floor.

Cooper Hewitt's collection of over 10,000 wallcovering designs is the inspiration for this high-tech experience. Visitors create their own wallpaper patterns and project them on the walls to see the impact.

more to explore | The Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden

Open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

An enclosed garden with tables for dining, Ping Pong, and more. Continually updated with new design installations and objects.

More to explore | The Pen

Available from Visitor Experience desk.

Cooper Hewitt's one-of-a-kind interactive Pen gives you the power to build your own collection of design objects and play designer at the interactive tables throughout the museum.

more to explore | interactive tables

Located throughout the museum.

Access Cooper Hewitt's collection of over 210,000 design objects spanning 30 centuries and sketch your own designs at one of our high-resolution, touchscreen tables.

More to explore | Spun Chairs

Located on the ground floor and in the garden.

Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, these playful, comfortable, and functional chairs rock side-to-side and spin, but never fall over.

SHOP Cooper Hewitt

Located on the 1st floor.

Discover fun and innovative products to encourage problem-solving, teach sustainability through play, and inspire creativity all year round.

Tarallucci e vino cafe

Enter through the garden or Cooper Hewitt SHOP.

Italian desserts and espresso drinks, panini, pizza, salads, breakfast selections, and more. With seating inside and in the garden.