Membership

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Give the gift of a Cooper Hewitt membership—to a friend, a family member, or yourself! Members make our work possible, and enjoy special benefits, too.

Join now for a free tote bag and 20% off at the museum shop through Dec 31!

Join Our Community

A Cooper Hewitt membership is a passport to the history and future of design. Join our community to explore all that the museum has to offer!

Members always enjoy unlimited free admission, 50% off admission for guests, access to special member events, savings at the cafe and SHOP Cooper Hewitt, and more.

Your membership makes our work possible, from curatorial research and collections care to education programs and online resources.

Choose a membership option below that is right for you, or give one as a gift!

Current Members

Need to update, renew, or check the status of your membership?

Log in to your account →

Questions?

Visit the membership FAQ page. For additional support, contact the Membership Office at chmembership@si.edu or 212.849.8349.

Friends

Enjoy unlimited free admission and discounted design experiences.

Individual $75

  • Free admission and benefits for one
  • Discounted subscriptions to design publications
  • Discounts to neighborhood restaurants and shops
  • Quarterly e-newsletter
  • Student, senior, and disability discount available

Dual/Household $125

All Individual benefits, plus:

  • Free admission and benefits for two adults and children or grandchildren under 18
  • Student, senior, and disability discount available

Patrons

Unlock opportunities to meet design luminaries and connect with industry professionals.

Design Insider $350

All Dual/Household benefits, plus:

  • Special access to design and art fairs
  • Two complimentary guest passes
  • Private design studio visits
  • Free or discounted admission to 30+ art museums
  • Subscription to Smithsonian Magazine

Design Watch $750

All Design Insider benefits, plus:

  • Opportunities to be involved in acquisitions for the museum’s collection
  • Curator-led exhibition tours and private viewings
  • Recognition in Annual Donor listings

Global Design $1,500

All Design Watch benefits, plus:

  • Invitation to the annual State of Design summit
  • Complimentary Cooper Hewitt publication
  • 20% discount at SHOP Cooper Hewitt
  • Recognition as a Smithsonian Giving Circles member
  • 20% discount at all Smithsonian museum shops

Circles

Gain access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes experiences and to Cooper Hewitt curators and experts.

Design Circle $2,500

All Global Design benefits, plus:

  • Curator-led tour of a design fair
  • Invitation to the Annual Smithsonian Weekend in Washington, DC
  • Complimentary Dual/Household Membership to give as a gift

Curator’s Circle $5,000

All Design Circle benefits, plus:

  • Private docent-led tour of an exhibition of your choice, for up to four guests
  • Consultation opportunities with Cooper Hewitt curators, conservators, and other experts

Director’s Circle $10,000

All Curator’s Circle benefits, plus:

  • Private breakfast and curator-led tour of an exhibition of your choice
  • Invitation to the annual Director’s Luncheon

Membership Highlights

Young Patrons

Cooper Hewitt Young Patrons are a group of professionals aged 21 to 45 with a passion for design and an appreciation for its power to improve lives.

Become a Young Patron to meet fellow design enthusiasts, exchange ideas, and engage with emerging industry leaders.

Participation starts at the Design Insider ($350) membership level. Contact chmembership@si.edu or 212.849.8349 to join!

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Current Members

Need to update, renew, or check the status of your membership?

Log in to your account →

Questions?

Visit the membership FAQ page. For additional support, contact the Membership Office at chmembership@si.edu or 212.849.8349.