Welcome to Cooper Hewitt

Welcome to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design, and is the steward of one of the most diverse and comprehensive design collections in existence—more than 210,000 design objects spanning 30 centuries. From ancient textiles and works on paper to icons of modern design and cutting-edge technologies, Cooper Hewitt’s collection serves as inspiration for creative work of all kinds and tells the story of design’s paramount importance in improving our world.

The museum is housed in the landmark Andrew Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue. In our galleries, you will discover the extraordinary breadth of our collection, as well as experience inspiring exhibitions that only America’s design museum can offer.

Online, Cooper Hewitt offers a slew of free design resources. Here you will find video of design talks with influencers, teaching resources for injecting design thinking into the classroom, our downloadable Cooper Hewitt typeface and 3D model of the Carnegie Mansion, plus our entire collection digitized. Browse past exhibitions, dive into our rich interpretative materials, and check back frequently to enjoy the constantly updated curatorial content that will deepen and expand your knowledge of design.