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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published June 13th 2011


The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum is located in the Andrew Carnegie Mansion on 5th Avenue in New York City. Mr. Carnegie made his home in New York City, specifically on 5th Avenue at 2 East 91st Street. Today, Mr. Carnegie's home houses the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, which is a part of the Smithsonian Institution.

The museum deals exclusively in exhibits, displays, and other things that address historic and contemporary design. The items in the museum are used to educate visitors on how design impacts one's daily life now and how it did so in the past.

Visiting the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

The museum is open from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM Monday-Thursday. Friday through Sunday the hours are 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. General admission is $15.00, but if you are a student with a valid ID or a senior citizen, you only pay $10.00. Children under 12 and Members of the Smithsonian Institution are admitted free.

Between May and September, if the weather cooperates, the museum can be entered through the garden located on 90th Street. This is a lovely way to start your visit.

Exhibitions and Collections

There are over 250,000 design objects on display at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. The categories in which the objects fall include:

- Product Design and Decorative Arts

People who enjoy 3-D effects will definitely want to make this exhibit a stop on their museum visit. The pieces in this curatorial department include 3-D designs from the past as well as current pieces.http://www.cooperhewitt.org/collections/product_design

- Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design

This is the architectural and graphic design exhibit. Pieces include original works of architectural design from famous artists such as Michelangelo as well as famous architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Hugh Ferris, and others. Visitors who work in the field of drawing, print, and graphic design may have trouble leaving this department, but more waits.

- Textiles

This exhibit is next, and features exhibits of both woven and non-woven designs. Those in the fashion and textile design business will particularly enjoy this area, as it has displays of such things as costume accessories from the 17th to 19th Century as well as other interesting items.http://www.cooperhewitt.org/collections/textiles

- Wall Coverings

If you thought you have seen every wallpaper design that could possibly exist, you're in for a surprise when you enter this exhibit. That's because it contains more than 10,000 examples of wall covering from as far back as the 17th century and as current as today.
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