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Morning at the Museum | Design Your Own Collection

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am



Gotta collect them all! Explore the exhibition Acquired! Shaping the National Design Collection with a scavenger hunt. Then, drop in for a design activity: What do you collect? Whether it’s shells, stickers, stamps, Pokémon cards, or sneakers, design a way to display your favorites. Take your design home and showcase your collection!

Drop in anytime from 9:00am-10:30am for a small-group, sensory-friendly experience intended for neurodivergent children and teens! 


Program Length: No set time, enjoy as much time as you need. The museum opens to the public at 10am; you do not need to leave once the museum opens.
Interactivity Level: High 

Morning at the Museum is a free, sensory-friendly program for neurodivergent children and teens and their families in which they can visit Cooper Hewitt prior to opening on designated Saturday mornings. Attendees can drop-in on various activities or explore the museum independently at their own pace. Prior to each program, registered families will receive pre-visit materials to help them prepare for their visit.  

Families, educators, and service providers can sign up for the Morning at the Museum mailing list by emailing CHAccess@si.edu or calling 212-849-8384.  

Learn more about Morning at the Museum programs at other Smithsonian museums. 


Location:  This program will take place in person in the Lecture Room at Cooper Hewitt (2 East 91st Street, New York, NY). The Lecture Room is on the ground floor of the museum and is fully wheelchair accessible. Read more about accessibility at Cooper Hewitt.  

What to Expect: You can arrive anytime from 9am-10:30am and can participate in any or all of the following activities: a drop-in design activity, a scavenger hunt, or self-guided gallery exploration. Fidgets and headphones will be available free of charge, and there will be a designated quiet room. Stimming and vibrant self-expression are welcome and encouraged at Cooper Hewitt! Families will receive more detailed pre-visit materials prior to the program. 

Accommodations: For general questions, or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at CHAccess@si.edu or let us know when registering. Please make your accommodation request as far in advance as possible—preferably at least one week before the program date when possible. 


Audience (by age)
Teens (Ages 13-17), Tweens (Ages 10-12), Elementary (Ages 8-10), Elementary (Ages 5-7), Preschoolers (Ages 3-4), Family Program
Program Image Description
An adult and two children smile behind the glass of a display case that they are looking into.


Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 E. 91st Street
New York, NY 10128 United States
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