Take a Virtual Tour of the Cooper Hewitt Museum

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming.

The museum and its building have a rich history. Built in 1902, it was originally the home of Andrew Carnegie. It has since become a National Historic Landmark and reopened as part of the Smithsonian in 1976.

Between 2008 and 2014, Cooper Hewitt underwent another massive rebirth. The interior was fully renovated and updated, and the institution gave itself a new identity. Not least of all, the museum has installed some incredible 84" touch screen tables with tons of interactive and educational software.

Last year, a 3D reconstruction campaign produced some fantastic models of the interior. Now on Sketchfab, you can take a quick tour through each floor of the museum. Wait for the textures to load, turn on Autopilot (Annotation menu, bottom right), sit back and enjoy!

Scans of the exterior were also used to produce a great 3D printable version of the mansion:

Check out all the models on The Cooper Hewitt profile. These textures have been greatly reduced for the sake of all our poor graphics cards. But, you can download the models for yourself, and find all sorts of other great stuff on their site.

If you’re in NYC, I highly recommend visiting the Cooper Hewitt. It’s unlike any other museum experience!

– James


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