The Smithsonian Institution
How is Cooper Hewitt part of the Smithsonian Institution?
Founded in 1846 after a gift from British scientist James Smithson, the Smithsonian Institution now operates as 21 museums, as well as research centers and a zoo. Cooper Hewitt represents the Smithsonian’s design collection and is one of only a few Smithsonian museums located outside of Washington, DC.
About The Smithsonian Institution
After receiving funds from Smithson, the US government established the Smithsonian Institution for the diffusion of knowledge and the development of a national identity in the 19th century.
Cooper Hewitt + The Smithsonian: Becoming the Nation’s Design Museum
In 1976, the museum opened as Cooper-Hewitt, having been adopted by the Smithsonian Institution and given a home in the Carnegie Mansion.