Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum

Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum

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Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum

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Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum, a subsidiary of the Smithsonian Institution, is the United States' national museum of design history and contemporary design and the only museum in the U.S. whose collection is solely focused on contemporary and historic design. The museum is located in the former Andrew Carnegie Mansion at Fifth Avenue and East 91st Street, part of Manhattan's Museum Mile. In addition to its permanent collection and regular exhibits, the museum presents the annual National Design Awards in more than ten categories, "celebrating the best in American design." The Museum also offers a Master of Arts program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design in cooperation with Parsons The New School for Design.

History

The Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration was founded in 1897 by Amy, Eleanor, and Sarah Hewitt, the granddaughters of industrialist Peter Cooper, and daughters of Abram S. Hewitt, Mayor of New York in 1887–88. It was formed on the model of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris and was to be free to all. The Museum was initially part of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

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The main museum building is the Andrew Carnegie Mansion, completed in 1903, and since designated a National Historic Landmark.<ref...
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