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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Address: 2 E 91st St, New York City, NY 10128-0669
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the United...

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. After a three-year renovation, the museum re-opened in December 2014 with exhibitions featuring a rich mix of design objects from our permanent collection, unique temporary installations, and dynamic interactive experiences. We also have an exciting calendar of events, including hands-on workshops, talks, and family programs.

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The building is incredible. I love the architecture of this building. The interactiveness of the building is great. It is very exciting and different how the building has been led... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The building is incredible. I love the architecture of this building. The interactiveness of the building is great. It is very exciting and different how the building has been led out.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was so excited to take my students to CH when I heard of its reopening. It did not disappoint! They loved all the interactive displays, as well as the gorgeous architecture of the actual building.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Viewed the current exhibit which is amazing and inspirational: Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse. The "Ellen Degeneres Selects" exhibit is charming, as is the "Models & Prototypes Gallery". The mansion itself is impressive and the gardens are probably lovely in spring and summer. A plus: the museum is open on Monday!

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Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved the exhibition ( a part of what have I seen) and it would be great experience if they wouldn't be too strict with the little girl I was with .

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The highlight of this renovation is the technology Has a very good combination of traditional artifacts, a small selection of the classics of the place in architecture, new proposals in these subjects, and art. You can learn and enjoy easily, continue in your home with the details avoiding being exhausted by so much information on the same day. Some months... More 

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located in the mansion built by Andrew Carnegie, It is an architectural gem in the city of high rises. Beautiful details I mg in the woodwork, molding, floors, ceiling, all the fireplaces and the staircase and chandelier! It is worth the admission price just to see the house! Then there is the wonderful art. It has interactive design based exhibits.... More 

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Herzliya, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chnaced upon this museum and it was well worth it. we think that children will particularly love the interactive desk displays where they can let their design imginations run riot!

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Regina, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visit this museum for its design component more than for the history of the house per se. Some of it has been sympathetically preserved but not all that much. Don't miss the Tiffany glass in the library. The tour is just about worth doing - reasonably informative though perhaps a little lacklustre. You might be better off wandering at your... More 

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fairly recent redo of this branch of the Smithsonian brings together all aspects of design together with an emphasis on interaction. Housed in a classic Fifth Avenue Mansion. On entering, all visitors are assigned a "pen"that can be used to scan most of the items on display for further investigation after your visit on your own computer or smartphone.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is an absolute jewel. Small in size but very interesting especially in their approach to design and decor. Their low key attitude make this one of my favorite spots that are not well known to most people. The grounds are in a very historic. Building that offers many photo ops. Highly recommended to those who want something different.

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