Two young women exploring the exhibition The Senses: Design Beyond Vision. Scroll down for information about becoming a member of Cooper Hewitt.


Cooper Hewitt members are innovators, risk-takers, and creative problem-solvers whose essential contributions enable design to inspire, educate, and empower diverse audiences.  This July, we are celebrating members with an entire month of special activities and promotions.

  • One-day 4th of July SHOP Cooper Hewitt sale; 20% discount for all members!
  • Free access to Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt every Thursday evening
  • Exclusive members-only museum tours throughout July
    • Access+Ability 1:00 p.m. July 7
    • The Senses: Design Beyond Vision 1:30 p.m. July 10
    • Mansion Tour 11:30 a.m. July 20
    • The Senses: Design Beyond Vision 3:00 p.m. July 29
  • Special gifts for new membersjoin today!
    • New Individual members receive one complimentary museum guest pass
    • New Dual/Family members receive a complimentary copy of Fragile Beasts coloring book
    • New Design Insider members receive a complimentary The Mansion keychain

Become a member to discover design

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’s Young Patrons are a group of professionals between the age of 21-45, with a passion for design and an appreciation for its power to educate, inspire and empower people. Participation starts at the Design Insider ($350) membership level. Learn more.


Cooper Hewitt membership is a perfect gift for all design lovers on any special occasion. To purchase, call (212) 849-8349, or simply click on any of the membership levels below and follow gift membership instructions.


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.


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


  • Free access to Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt
  • 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 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: Image by Scott Rudd