Membership FAQ

How do I visit the museum and access the exhibitions?

When you arrive, check in at the Visitor Experience desk in the Great Hall and give your name for admission. Members do not need to make a reservation.

Are Masks Required?

Visitors are not required to wear masks while indoors, however they are highly recommended.

Who qualifies for a student membership?

To become a student member, you must be enrolled full time at a high school or college/university.

Who qualifies for a senior membership?

To become a senior member, you must be aged 62 years or older.

How can I become a Cooper Hewitt member?

For fastest processing, join online.

To speak with the Membership Office directly, call 212.849.8349 or email

Alternatively, you may send a check to:

Cooper Hewitt Membership
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY

May I loan my membership card to a friend?

Memberships are not transferable.

When should I expect to receive my membership card?

Membership cards are currently subject to delayed processing, but systems improvements are in process and new members can expect to receive cards in late summer.

What discounts are available for members?

Members enjoy a 10% discount at the cafe and SHOP Cooper Hewitt. Additional discounts to neighborhood businesses are listed on our discount page.

Is my membership gift tax deductible?

A portion of your membership gift is tax-deductible. Please see below for a schedule of the fair market value at each level, and please consult your tax advisor:

$65 Senior/Student/Disability – $45 tax-deductible
$75 Individual – $55 tax-deductible
$110 Dual Senior/Student/Disability – $90 tax-deductible
$125 Dual/Household – $105 tax-deductible
$350 Design Insider – $195 tax-deductible
$750 Design Watch – $565 tax-deductible
$1,500 Global Design – $1,250 tax-deductible
$2,500 Design Circle – $1,675 tax-deductible
$5,000 Curator’s Circle – $4,175 tax-deductible
$10,000 Director’s Circle – $9,120 tax-deductible

Do you make accommodations for people with disabilities?

We believe membership is for all and make accommodations for people with disabilities including accessible entrances, elevators, and large print exhibition labels. For personal requests or questions please call 212.849.8349 or email

Does my Cooper Hewitt membership allow me to access other museums?

Cooper Hewitt Members at the Design Insider level and above enjoy access to the Art Museum Reciprocal Network of 30+ museums across the country. Please refer to reciprocating museum policy for entry details.

Art Museum Reciprocal Museums:

Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
American Folk Art Museum, New York City, New York
Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario, Canada
The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, New York
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
The Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa
Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art, Scranton, Pennsylvania
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine
The Frick Collection, New York, New York
The Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Frist Center for the Visual Art, Nashville, Tennessee
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, Washington, District of Columbia
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, Connecticut
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, District of Columbia
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
New Jersey State Museum Foundation, Trenton, New Jersey
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Phillips Collection, Washington, District of Columbia
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
Poster House, New York, New York
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey
The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, Rhode Island
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts
Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, Washington, District of Columbia
Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana
The Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore Maryland