Plan Your Visit

A view of the permanent collection galleries. Read below for information about planning a visit to the museum.

about the museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is located on NYC’s Museum Mile in the historic, landmark Carnegie Mansion. The museum is accessible to all visitors and family friendly with baby-changing facilities available in our ground-floor restrooms.

What’s On

Cooper Hewitt’s exhibitions feature a rich mix of historic and contemporary design objects from our permanent collection, special exhibitions, and dynamic interactive experiences. We also have an exciting calendar of events, including hands-on workshops, talks, and family programs.

Museum and Shop hours

Weekdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day and December 25.

Pay-What-You-Wish Saturday Nights

Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. are pay-what-you-wish admission, made possible by the generous support of Barbara and Morton Mandel.

Daily Public Tours

Free tours of the museum’s exhibitions from an experienced team of guides take place every day and encourage an informal exchange of ideas among the general public. Tours take place at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on weekends. For more information, please visit the Tours page or call our Tours line at 212.849.8351.

Dynamic verbal description public tours of Access+Ability are offered every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

Group Admission

Groups larger than 10 people are encouraged to make a reservation with us here. Due to our limited capacity, we have a limit of 35 people per group. Groups larger than 35 should make separate reservations with staggered arrival times. Groups arriving without a reservation may not be able to be accommodated upon arrival.

Admission Prices

Buy Online

Buy at Door

Adults $16 $18
Seniors (62 & above) $10 $12
Students $7 $9
18 & under Free Free
(Cooper Hewitt and Smithsonian Members)
No need to book in advance. Free
Reciprocal Members No need to book in advance. Free

Corporate Patrons

Employee +2 Guests

Corporate Contributors

Employee +1 Guest

University Contributors

Faculty and Students

No need to book in advance. Free
AAM/ICOM No need to book in advance. Free for cardholder
Cool Culture Card No need to book in advance. Free for cardholder +4


SHOP Cooper Hewitt offers a diverse product mix, including a wide selection of design books, limited-edition works by contemporary designers, and exclusive items that relate to the museum’s exhibitions and extensive permanent collection.

Proceeds benefit the museum. International shipping available.


Relax in our ground-floor Tarallucci e Vino Cafe where you can enjoy a seasonal menu as well as a variety of coffees, pastries, and artisanal wines.

The Cafe is open to the public without museum admission.

Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


The Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden is open to the public free of charge.

Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (weather permitting)
Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Ticket exchange

If you have purchased tickets but need to reschedule your visit, we can exchange your tickets for another date. Please call 212. 849.2950, give the associate your order number, and we will process your exchange.