Tours

A design guide points to an object on view, engaging visitors in a public tour of an exhibition.

current tour programs

Highlights Tour – available now

Enjoy a tour of objects from our Permanent Collection on the 2nd floor. Highlights include selections from:

  • Herbert Bayer: Bauhaus Master, November 16, 2019–April 5, 2020
  • Nature by Design: After Icebergs, November 16, 2019–April 27, 2020
  • Nature by Design: Botanical Expressions, December 7–January 10, 2021
  • Nature by Design: Botanical Lessons, June 8, 2019–January 31, 2021
  • Nature by Design: Cochineal, November 16, 2019–May 25, 2021

 

Mansion Tour – available now

Enjoy a tour of the Mansion – learn about Andrew Carnegie and the history of the Mansion and its transformation from home to museum.

public tours

  • Open to the general public
  • Tours every day
    • Mon – Thur: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. – Collection Highlights
    • Fri: 11:30 a.m. Mansion Tour, 1:30 p.m. – Collection Highlights
    • Weekends: 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. – Collections Highlights
  • Free with admission
  • No reservation required
  • All tours last 45 minutes, are led by experienced museum guides, and encourage an informal exchange of ideas.
  • First come, first served
  • Maximum of 25 participants†
  • If you would like to learn more, please call our Tours line, 212.849.8351

† Groups exceeding 10 participants are encouraged to book a separate Group Tour.

Verbal Description + Sensory Public Tours

Dynamic verbal description tours of exhibitions are offered the first Friday of every month at 1:30 p.m. Join a Cooper Hewitt educator in conversation and explore a selection of objects through detailed verbal description and touch. These free, multi-sensory tours are intended for members of the blind and low-vision community and are open to all.

private guided tours

  • Reservations are required at least 4 weeks in advance of the desired visit date – please complete the tour registration form
  • Fees: individual admissions fees + $150 Design Guide fee
  • Minimum of 10†, maximum of 25 participants
  • For groups larger than 25, please make separate reservations with staggered arrival times

† If your group has special needs that require a smaller group size, please email the Tours department or call 212.849.8351.

Self-guided tours/group admission

  • Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance of the desired visit date – please complete the tour registration form
  • Fees: individual admissions fees (same as online prices)
  • Minimum of 10, maximum of 35 participants
  • For groups larger than 35, please make separate reservations with staggered arrival times
  • Outside lecturers are not permitted

tour registration

For more information, please read our Group Visit Policies. You may also email the Tours department or call 212.849.8351.

Featured Image: Cooper Hewitt Design Guides lead public and private tours of Cooper Hewitt's exhibitions.