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NYC Teen Art Program - Designer for a Day in NYC

Select from one of four museum venues, this tour option puts teens into a designer’s seat.

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A Teen’s Museum Tour: Designer for a Day in NYC

This experiential tour led by an art historian allows families with teens to explore the decisions and discipline behind design. We’ll utilize the rotating collections of the museums below; just pick your favorite. We’ll led the tour from there with an approach that is less pedantic and more process-focused to give the teens a sense of the designer’s use of visual vocabulary and their decision-making.

This design-focused tour can include a visit to:

  • Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design
  • MoMA’s Design department
  • Museum of Arts & Design
  • Fashion Institute of Technology

Along the route we can snap selfies with contemporary architecture and enjoy the experiential areas of the city and its museums that teens are sure to love. Each teen tour can customized to the teen’s interests.

Here is one example of an outing to the Cooper Hewitt Museum:

Designer for a Day: The Cooper Hewitt Experience

For the creative teen, this is a high-tech, interactive design experience like no other. First we will explore the gorgeous Carnegie Mansion and browse the museum’s exhibitions for design inspiration in architecture, decorative arts, and fashion or technology design. Cooper Hewitt’s cutting-edge “pen” allows visitors to electronically tag gallery labels of the objects that intrigue them in order to curate their own virtual collection of captivating designs. After building your personal inspiration catalogue, we’ll head to the museum’s brand new Process Lab, where massive touch-screen tables let you interact with your favorite objects and practice your own hand at designing:

  • Draw improvements and additions for the things that you loved
  • Create your own designs, whether for everyday objects or works of art
  • Instantly search the museum’s holdings for designs matching shapes you’ve created

In the Immersion Room, teens can draft patterns and watch as their creations are projected onto the walls surrounding them – even as they’re creating them. The best part? Your virtual portfolio – including all of your own designs and the museum pieces that inspired them – will be permanently saved online and accessible from any smartphone, tablet or laptop with your individualized code.


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Private tours for 1 - 4 people in your group booked online* are $190 per hour (a 5% discount over tours booked via email or phone). All tours have a two-hour minimum. Additional people and/or additional time have an additional fee. Museum admission needs to be added for each person. This is added during your booking. We will get your tickets ahead of time for you. So you can skip the lines.

* For those who need a bit more service via email and phone, our pricing is $200 per hour for 1 – 4 people. Larger groups are $50 per adult, $25 per child.

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