Special Membership Groups

Recent and Upcoming Events


Design Insider ($350)

Design Insider membership provides a taste of the world of art/design commerce, collecting, and the collections of institutions in the Art Museum Reciprocal Network. This membership is particularly perfect for beginning collectors, design patrons, and philanthropists.

Design Insider is also the starting membership level to participate in Cooper Hewitt’s Young Patrons group. Learn more.

Design Watch ($750)

Design Watch membership additionally includes design studio visits, and special access to national art and design fairs. A portion of Design Watch membership dues supports Cooper Hewitt’s Acquisition Fund.

Global Design ($1,500)

Global Design membership furthermore includes reciprocal privileges at several international design museums, as well as access to major international art and design fairs. Members also receive complimentary Cooper Hewitt guest passes and an exhibition catalogue, free program tickets and 20% discount at Cooper Hewitt’s SHOP and Taralucci e Vino cafe.

Design Circle ($2,500)

Design Circle membership provides opportunities to join curator-led tours as well as other VIP Circle events. Members also receive customized service for event registration and shopping at SHOP Cooper Hewitt.

Curator’s Circle ($5,000)

Curator’s Circle membership additionally offers an opportunity of a private tour of an exhibition, hosting an intimate event at select spaces in Cooper Hewitt, and attendance at our State of Design event.

Director’s Circle ($10,000)

Director’s Circle membership provides an intimate opportunity to see Cooper Hewitt through the eyes of the museum’s Director, among other privileges.


Design Insider ($350) members and above receive complimentary admission to institutions belonging to The Art Museum Reciprocal Network, which include:

Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas, Austin, TX
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
The Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Des Moines Art Museum, Des Moines, IA
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
The Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
The Frick Collection, New York, NY
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
The George Washington University Museum, Washington, DC
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NM
Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
New Jersey State Museum Foundation, Trenton, NJ
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
Smith College Museum of Art, Northhampton, MA
Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN
The Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH
The Textile Museum, Washington, DC
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

Global Design ($1,500) members and above also receive complimentary admission and a 10% store discount at Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany, and complimentary admission at Triennale di Milano.

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