The Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden


One of the most notable features of the original Carnegie Mansion property, the enclosed garden—named the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden in 1991—is accessible to the public from the museum’s East 90th Street entrance and to museum visitors through the Taralucci e Vino Cafe. For Cooper Hewitt’s mammoth renovation, Hood Design Studio, led by 2009 National Design Award winner Walter Hood, redesigned the garden in collaboration with RAFT Landscape Architecture and 2005 National Design Award winner Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The reopening of the garden in 2015 marked the final phase of Cooper Hewitt’s renovation of the museum campus.

The garden is open to the public free of charge. Click here for garden hours.

Reimagining the Carnegie family’s gardeN

Since Cooper Hewitt first occupied the Carnegie Mansion, the garden has been the site of events, classes, and exhibitions. Its recent renovation activated new areas and added new features, including:

  • A reimagined rockery referencing the geology of Carnegie Hill.
  • New plantings of cherry trees and rhododendrons to provide a link to Central Park’s landscape and color palette.
  • A new sloped walkway to bring visitors into the northwest garden, which offers tables and chairs, a Ping-Pong table, and greenery.
  • Durable materials and plantings that can withstand high traffic and climate fluctuations.
  • Visitor entry through the museum’s 90th Street entrance featuring a striking canopy designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The garden accommodates groups of various sizes, from an intimate conversation among friends to large gatherings for celebrations and programming.  Host a special event in the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. 

Special thanks

The Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden redesign was made possible by major capital funding from The City of New York. Generous support provided by Nancy Marks. Additional funding provided by Enid and Lester Morse, Leslie and Charlotte Moore Foundation, Madeleine K. Rudin, and the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden Endowment Fund.

design in the garden

The garden is regularly updated with new design objects, such as Spun Chairs designed by Heatherwick Studio. A Ping-Pong table invites relaxation and play.

Tarallucci e Vino Cafe

Visitors to the garden also enjoy access to the museum’s Tarallucci e Vino cafe. Featuring sustainable, locally sourced, seasonal food, the cafe offers wines, pastries, espresso, salads, soups, and panini sandwiches to enjoy inside or outside in the expanded seating area.