Tours

A docent leading a tour of Cooper Hewitt. Read below for information on tours of the museum.

current tour programs

Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color – On View through January 19, 2019

Spanning antiquity to the present, more than 190 objects from the extraordinary collections of Smithsonian Libraries and Cooper Hewitt come together to reveal how designers apply the theories of the world’s greatest color thinkers to bring order and excitement to the visual world.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility – December 14, 2018 through March 2019

As automation technologies quickly evolve, we are at an historic juncture. By casting an eye towards the future, the focus will be on mobility innovations and our changing streetscape—from seamlessly connected “Mobility as a Service” solutions and systems to responsive, accessible, and inclusive cities. The greatest impact will be the re-envisioning of our streets and infrastructure.

Mansion Tour – Ongoing

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

All tours last 45 minutes, are led by experienced museum guides, and encourage an informal exchange of ideas.

Public Tours

  • Open to the general public
  • Two tours every day
    • Mon–Fri: 11:30 a.m. (Saturated), 1:30 p.m. (Mansion)
    • Weekends: 1:00 p.m. (Saturated), 3:00 p.m. (Mansion)
  • Free with admission
  • No reservation required
  • 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 take place in place of the daily afternoon tour and are open to all.

Upcoming Dates:

  • December 7

private tours

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 docent 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 4 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

Groups of ten or more are eligible for discounted group admission.

All groups must register at least four weeks in advance of the desired visit date.

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