Welcome to our collection database!
This website represents approximately 92% of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s diverse collection spanning thirty centuries of historic and contemporary design, including a large snail shell, snakes, a dragon and four bearded men, a cone propped up on a bench, a pair of colorful hands, a mysterious tv, a perpetual calendar and a flying saucer shooting a yellow beam at a one-eyed creature's head .
This is a kind of living document, meaning that development is ongoing — object research is being added, bugs are being fixed, and erroneous terms are being revised. In spite of the eccentricities of raw data, you can begin exploring the collection and discovering unexpected connections among objects and designers.
If you'd like to see what we've been up to lately you can start by taking a look at the objects we acquired this year and last year or you can browse the objects currently on display in the galleries or you can see objects we've recently photographed .