Plan Your Visit

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

Programs and Events

As a public health precaution, all public programs and events will take place online until further notice. All Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo remain closed to the public at this time.

We continue to monitor the guidance of the CDC and local public health officials and will provide updates on our calendar of events, this website and We appreciate your understanding.

Operating Status

Cooper Hewitt and all Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. We are not announcing a re-opening date at this time and will provide updates on a regular and as needed basis.

SHOP Online

SHOP Cooper Hewitt is now accepting online orders! Your purchase helps support museum staff and our mission to educate, inspire, and empower through design. Shop now.

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.


Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to Cooper Hewitt during this unprecedented time. With your important support, Cooper Hewitt creates opportunities for everyone to discover the importance of design and its power to change the world. Together, we can design a better tomorrow. Donate today.