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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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caryn1958 wrote a review Feb 2020
Pembroke, Massachusetts413 contributions144 helpful votes
Beautiful restored mansion with cutting edge technology creates a unique museum experience and best of all the tech actually works as it should!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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James W wrote a review Feb 2020
Clearwater, Florida478 contributions118 helpful votes
We visited specifically to see the Artificial Intelligence special exhibit. What was presented was a mishmash of facial recognition history, and some interactive displays (which were not very engaging). So, their special exhibit was a bust. We then went on to see the permanent exhibit on using nature themes to create various household items (china, chairs, wallpaper, etc) in one hall. The items displayed were casually interesting. But, the exhibit just did not justify its promotion as the Smithsonian Design Museum. The best part of the experience was being in the Carnegie mansion and viewing an interactive picture tour of the house. From my perspective, returning the mansion to its former decorated self to tour would be the best purpose for this "museum".
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Date of experience: February 2020
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GeorgiaLucy41 wrote a review Feb 2020
Falmouth, Massachusetts314 contributions85 helpful votes
Fascinating museum housed in a beautiful mansion. Wide variety of exhibits with many interactive ones. Definitely worth a visit!!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Laura F wrote a review Feb 2020
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Someone at work recommended this. Unfortunately, my husband and I were very disappointed. The main exhibit hall was closed so the adult price was discounted g From $18 to $14. Another exhibit is coming to the top floor the end of February. However, there were really only two floors of disjointed COSI/historical art cast offs. There was a section on technology and emotions/robots, a section on advertising pamphlets during early Americana 1930s and same time period Germany - but not a large amount and nothing earth shattering. There was a section on things made from horns and shells, a section on old china (interesting) and a create your own wallpaper room. That’s about it. We made ourselves go slow but it only took an hour. Overpriced and disjointed. No cohesive theme.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Cooper-Hewitt, Manager at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Responded 7 Feb 2020
Hello Laura, We are sorry to hear about your disappointing experience at Cooper Hewitt. We would like to offer you and your husband complimentary museum admission so that you can visit when the major third-floor exhibition, Contemporary Muslim Fashions, opens to the public (Feb. 28). If this is of interest, please write to Kathleen Kane, Head of Visitor Experience, at KaneKM@si.edu.
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Henny Renjo wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia169 contributions27 helpful votes
The exhibits in this impressive if slightly dark and shadowy historic building, all have a scientific basis and many are interactive in fun ways. However I can’t imagine children under 8 years of age finding much for them here, because the concepts and explanations are of a fairly high level. However, if you are a science buff, you could easily spend 3 - 4 hours here.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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