Opening reception for Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. © 2016 Scott Rudd


Your Cooper Hewitt membership connects you to thirty centuries of fascinating design, inspiring design processes and solutions, and design leaders, scholars and fellow design enthusiasts from all over the world.

Memberships start at $75 ($65 for students and seniors) and offer admission to the galleries and our summer program, Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt; members-only exhibition previews and offers; discounts on SHOP, cafe and public programs; and a Design Journal subscription.

Design Insider, Design Watch and Global Design memberships ($350-$1,500) additionally provide invitations to exclusive events, complimentary passes to design and art fairs, and access to reciprocal museums.

Design Circle memberships ($2,500-$10,000) provide an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the museum through the eyes of staff, curators and Director.

Most importantly, your membership gift helps us educate, inspire and empower people through design.


Cooper Hewitt members receive special discounts on varied design and art publications, as well as at select neighborhood establishments. Check out our Design Discounts page for more information.


Inspire a love of design, year-round, with a Cooper Hewitt gift membership! It is perfect for the holidays, birthdays and special life occasions. Click “Join” on any membership level below to start gifting.


Questions about membership? Contact or call 212-849-8349.


  • Unlimited admission
  • Members-only exhibition previews
  • Priority invitations
  • SHOP and Cafe discounts


Individual $75
100% tax-deductible

  • Unlimited admission for one
  • Invitation to select exhibition previews
  • 10% discount at the Café and SHOP Cooper Hewitt
  • Discounted program tickets
  • Special design events and offers
  • Subscription to the museum’s Design Journal
  • Free access to Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt
  • Discounted parking

Dual/Family $125
100% tax-deductible

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Unlimited admission for two adults and children under 18

Student/Senior Membership
Individual $65
Dual/Family $100

100% tax-deductible

  • Discounted rates for students and seniors offering all of the basic benefits of membership

Design Insider $350
$226 tax-deductible

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Invitation to all exhibition previews
  • Access to select design and art fairs
  • Invitation to annual Garden Party and Holiday Celebration
  • Access to The Art Museum Reciprocal Network
  • Priority registration for public programs

Design Watch $750
$490 tax-deductible
A portion of dues support Cooper Hewitt’s Acquisition Fund.

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Private design studio visits
  • Special access to design and art fairs
  • Opportunity to attend Design Miami
  • Subscription to Smithsonian Magazine
  • Acknowledgement in annual donor listings

Global Design $1,500
$1,055 tax-deductible

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Reciprocal privileges at international design museums
  • VIP access to international design and art fairs
  • Private collection visits
  • Complimentary guest passes
  • Free program tickets
  • Complimentary museum exhibition catalogue
  • 20% discount at SHOP Cooper Hewitt
  • Recognition as Smithsonian Giving Circle member
  • 20% discount at all Smithsonian museum shops

Design Circle $2,500
$1,985 tax-deductible

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Concierge phone service
  • Curator-led exhibition tours
  • Invitation to VIP Circle event
  • Opportunities to purchase limited-edition design objects
  • Personal shopper at SHOP Cooper Hewitt

Curator’s Circle $5,000
$4,175 tax-deductible

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Private museum tour
  • Annual “State of Design” event
  • Behind-the-scenes access to the museum’s collection
  • Complimentary Dual/Family gift membership

Director’s Circle $10,000
$9,055 tax-deductible

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Exclusive annual Director’s event
  • Special opening exhibition event
  • Opportunity to host an event at the museum

Featured Image: Opening reception for Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. © 2016 Scott Rudd