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2018 Year in Review

Our world by design.

In 2018, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum launched a 3-year strategic plan.

Our vision is for everyone to discover the importance of design and its power to change the world.

Thanks to your support, we have made significant strides, impacting hundreds of thousands of people through our innovative exhibitions, programming, and initiatives.

Together, we are inspiring the change agents of today to design a better tomorrow.

Explore our world, by design

Leading by design.

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Inclusive by design.

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Engaging by design.

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Agile by design.

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Strong by design.

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1.5 million visitors since opening. 59% millenials, 47% involved in design. 210,000 objects digitized and available for view on 25,000 students, educators, and adults took part in our free education programs in 2018. 30 centuries of design. 93 Cooper Hewitt staff who bring it all to life.

“Cooper Hewitt is not only a temple to intelligent and dazzling design, but also teaches the world how design can help build a more just world.”

Darren Walker, president, Ford Foundation
2018 National Design Award winner, Director’s Award