Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum reopens its doors

December 3, 2014 | By Louise Lassarre

Having been closed for three years, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum reopens its doors on Friday, December 12th, 2014 with a new name: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Founded in 1897, the museum is the only national museum devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design. Entirely renovated and restored by New York architects Gluckman Mayner and Beyer Blinder Belle, the institution will boast 60 percent more gallery space to present its permanent collection and 10 inaugural exhibitions. The museum seeks to provide an interactive experience with immersive creative technologies such as the newly developed Pen. The Pen will allow visitors to collect and create their own designs. In addition to the Pen, an Immersion Room will be accessible to the public: it is a high-tech space where the visitors can digitally access the museum’s vast wallpaper collection. Finally, the visitors will also have access to a Process Lab, which is conceived as a design lab that emphasizes the thinking, planning and problem solving that go into design

This renovation and expansion of the Carnegie Mansion, Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, and the museum’s two townhouses is the largest initiative in Cooper Hewitt’s history.

“With four floors of exhibition galleries that can now stay open 12 months of the year, free garden access, extended garden and café hours, an inviting new street entrance and the digitization of our collections, Cooper Hewitt will reach a broader audience and be more accessible than ever before,” said the director of the museum, Caroline Baumann. “We have created a 21st-century museum that will bring our collections to life and make design even more relevant and exciting to today’s audiences, while continuing to respect the history of this museum and the integrity of the much-treasured Carnegie Mansion.”

The opening will take place on Friday December 12th, 2014. Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will be open on weekdays and on Sundays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, with extended hours on Saturdays (10:00 am to 9:00 pm).

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