Andrew Carnegie Mansion

New York, United States

The Andrew Carnegie Mansion is a historic house located at 2 East 91st Street at Fifth Avenue in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Andrew Carnegie moved into his newly completed mansion in late 1902 and lived there until his death in 1919; his wife, Louise, continued to live there until her death in 1946. The building is now the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution. The surrounding area, part of the larger Upper East Side neighborhood, has come to be called Carnegie Hill. The mansion was named a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

The house is a 3+1⁄2-story structure, finished in brick and stone. It is stylistically an eclectic variation of the Georgian Revival, with stone ashlar corner quoining, windows with heavy stone trim, and a dentillated cornice topped by an urned balustrade. A grassy lawn separates the house from 91st Street, and there is a small garden on its west side. Just east of the mansion proper is a townhouse that was purchased by Carnegie soon after its 1905 construction as a residence for his daughter. This building forms part of the current complex, although its interior has been modernized and converted to office and administrative uses by the Smithsonian.



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Founded: 1899-1902
Category: Museums in United States

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Abe H (4 months ago)
A museum specializes in design. Great special exhibit on Es Delvin. Disappointed that the second floor was closed for renovations. Would like to return once it’s open. Not a great place for kids. Limited hands on experience which might be boring for kids. Plan to spend 60-90 minutes. Part of the 5th Ave museum mile. Can hop to other museums while in the area.
W Y (4 months ago)
This design museum was established in 1897 by 3 Hewitt sisters(Peter Cooper’s granddaughters). Once part of Cooper Union. It’s taken over by the Smithsonian in late 1960s, and moved to the exquisite Andrew Carnegie Mansion in Manhattan in 1970. It’s the first Smithsonian museum outside of Washington, D.C. It’s also the only museum in the United States devoted to historical and contemporary design.
Angeli Chang (5 months ago)
The museum itself was okay with a very small collection of the textile / fashion design. BUT the exhibition of the "An Atlas of Es Devlin" was perfectly curated, immersive, and extremely inspirational. It's 3 hours well spent, and highly recommend it!
Betty Lin (5 months ago)
Always have a great visiting this museum of design. The staff are extremely friendly (I had a 45-minute conversation with a well-versed man named Garfield where he went in detail explaining the stories of how the museum came to be and the architecture of Carnegie's mansion) and the different exhibits teach you so much about what goes into design thinking. This museum can take a day, as it is not enormous, and it is definitely worth going to.
Victoria Freeman (7 months ago)
Took my grandson and the experience was something we both had never experienced in life. It was amazing. If you have a NYPL library card use it to explore all of these amazing museums in NYC.
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