New York Museum of Arts and Design

Museum of Arts and Design is originally called the American Craft Museum. It offers a wide range of collection of the cultural icons in the New York City. It is often referred as MAD. The purpose of the Museum of Arts and Design is to show people the making process of different types of art and design. At the museum, you will have the opportunity to observe a large collection of artistic ornaments. The artistic ornaments are made from all kinds of materials such as stone, glass, and clay.

If you visit the Museum of Arts and Design, you will be able to learn what role the objects and material have in different industry.


The suggestion of the museum was put forward by Aileen Osborn Webb. Aileen is the most famous craft creator in the United States. She setup the American Craftsmen’s Council in 1942. She wanted to establish the museum to bring crafts into the attention of the public. She intended to build the museum to remind the public about the importance of crafts as technology keep advancing. She also aimed to develop talented crafts people through various kinds of educational programs. Museum of Arts and Design organizes craft competition from time to time.

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Museum of Arts and Design was initially built at 53rd Street in 1956. It relocated to the present location in 1986. From 1956 – 1986, it continues to offers exhibition on the works of top crafts people. The architecture of the new museum was designed by Roche-Dinkeloo. The first craft project to feature in Museum of Arts and Design is Craft Today: Poetry of the Physical. It plans to relocate to a larger building in 2008.

Visiting the Museum

Museum of Arts and Design is located on the 53rd Street in New York. From Tuesday to Sunday, the Museum of Arts and Design is open from11:00 am to 6:00 pm. On Thursday, the Museum of Arts and Design is open from11:00 am to 9:00 pm. The Museum of Arts and Design is closed on Monday. It is closed on major holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

From Monday to Saturday, the MAD gift store is open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. On Thursday, The MAD gift store is open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. On Sunday, the MAD gift store is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Thursday is Pay What You Wish day. The Pay What You Wish hours are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you are interested in group tour, you can call 212-299-7727.

The Museum of Arts and Design is equipped with handicapped facilities. Wheelchair visitors can access the buildings conveniently. Sign language Interpreters are available. Tour groups are qualified for a discount.

Things to Do and See

When you step into the museum, you will see several galleries that features crafts made from wood, clay, and metal. In addition, you can observe glass and fiber ornaments at the gallery.

Every single items displayed in the museum is art. It is art because the artist fashion it to have a unique design. You will be able to find all sorts of themes including abstract, and figurative. Some crafts are fully functionally while others are for display purpose.

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The Permanent Collection

Museum of Arts and Design offers tourists an opportunity to see more than two thousand art objects. A small collection of the crafts incorporate jewelry items. Some of the arts are custom built furniture. Most of the art featured in the permanent collection are made by American designers. However, some of the works displayed in the permanent collection is contributed by artists from different countries such as Australia, Asia and Europe.

Changing Exhibitions

The collections displayed in the Changing Exhibitions change from time to time. The Radical lace and Subversive Knitting exhibition shows how fibers are used to create artistic crafts. The Contemporary Netsuke: Masterful Miniatures provides information about the history of miniature carvings in Japan.

Daily Tours

Museum of Arts and Design offers guided tour from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The guided tour can be participating by anyone. There is no need to purchase a ticket for the guided tour since the fee is already included in the admission ticket. You can request more information about the daily tours at the front desk. The tour begins at the front desk in the museum.

Insider Hour Tours

If you want to find out what is happening inside the Museum of Arts and Design, you can attend the Insider Hour Tours. The Insider Hour Tours are available on the first Thursday of each month. The guided tour is offered between 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. It is an informal tour because the staff volunteers to lead the visitors.

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Museum of Arts and Design offers school group tours which lasts for 90 minutes. The 90 minute school group tour includes a visit to the facilities in the museum and the standard 3D media workshop. The 3D workshop allows visitors to examine the process of making three dimensional arts. You will also learn about the environment of inquiry.

Schools that are interested in participating in the MAD school group tour, it must pay an advance $105 fee. The $105 fee applies for public school located in the New York City. If your school is located outside of New York City, you are required to pay an advance fee of $150. The fee includes general admission to the Museum of Arts and Designs. The tour can have a maximum of 35 individuals including students and teachers. The school group tour starts from 10:30 a.m. You can make reservation for the school group tour by filling up the reservation form from the website. Alternatively, you can call the Education Department at 212-299-772 to learn more information about the school group tour.

The general admission fee costs $15. If you are a member of the museum, the admission fee is free of charge. Students or seniors are charged $12. Children aged less than 12 years old don’t have to pay for the admission ticket.

Contact Details:

Address: 2 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

Phone Number:(212) 299-7777


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