A design and technology school trip to New York works so well because design and technology is simple everywhere in the city – from the bright lights and billboards of Times Square, to the skyscrapers that surround you in every direction!

Explore the city streets and its many attractions that tie in with the curriculum. Visit the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, which includes both historic and contemporary design and extends from one-of-a-kind to mass produced items. Or Samsung 837, where technology comes to life. And visit Parsons the New School for Design, where famous fashion designers Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui and Donna Karan all received their education.

Thinking about making yours a cross-curricular trip to give more students the opportunity to experience New York? The great news is there's options here for many subjects including politics, art, business studies, performing arts, media studies, fashion, food technology, maths and religious studies!

Suggested Itinerary (5 days, 3 nights)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary

Flight from the UK to New York

Transfer to accommodation on arrival

Optional evening meal at local restaurant


Visit the Parsons School for Design

Visit the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Explore Central Park

Visit the Empire State Building for evening views across the city

Optional evening meal at local restaurant


Take the free Staten Island ferry for views over the Hudson and the Manhattan skyline

Visit the 9/11 memorial

Visit the Skyscraper Museum

Optional evening meal at a Times Square restaurant

Chance to enjoy a Broadway show


Visit Samsung 837 to see the latest technological ideas, followed by some retail therapy

Transfer to the airport

Overnight flight back to the UK


Arrive back in the UK

5 days, 3 nights Price from £1,249 pp
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Tour Highlights

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Visit the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the US dedicated to historical and contemporary design, which makes it a must-visit on a design and technology school trip to New York.

The museum’s collection consists of more than 210,000 design objects which span almost 30 centuries, from ancient textiles to modern, cutting-edge designs. There are handmade, unique pieces here, as well as mass-produced items.

The focus here is on showing the important role of design in the evolution of society, making this a really inspiring visit for your students.

Did you know?

The Cooper-Hewitt funds, awards and hosts the National Design Awards. The awards recognise American design in order to educate and promote excellence, innovation and lasting achievement in seven categories – architecture design, communication design, fashion design, interior design, interaction design, landscape design and product design.

Parsons the New School for Design

Visit Parsons the New School for Design

Parsons the New School for Design is one of the most prestigious design schools in the world.

The school was founded by renowned American Impressionist William Merritt Chase in 1896. Originally known as the Chase School, the name was changed to its current one in 1941, to recognise the profound impact on American life of former director Frank Alvah Parsons.

With alumni including Tom Ford, Anna Sui and Donna Karan, this is a really inspiring visit for any young designer!

Did you know?

Frank Alvah Parsons, who joined the school in 1904 and later went on to become its sole director essentially created the modern concept of design, by focusing on the beauty in ordinary things and the ordinary spaces people inhabit.

Samsung 837, New York

Visit Samsung 837

Samsung 837 is an experience of art, fashion, technology and sport, where you can experience augmented reality, interactive art installations and musical performances.

In the heart of New York’s trendy Meatpacking District, this flagship store isn’t really a store, instead it offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Samsung brand.

Colour in on a giant screen using the S Pen, doodle in AR and design your own phone case – there’s so much to do here that it’s the perfect choice for a design and technology school trip to New York!

Did you know?

Samsung was founded as a trading company in 1938 and only entered the electronics industry in the late 1960s.

Educational Activities

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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The Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s collection is international in scope and includes both historic and contemporary design,extending from one-of-a-kind to mass-produced.… Read More

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

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Reaching more than a quarter of a mile into the Manhattan sky, the Empire State Building was the world's tallest… Read More

Parsons the New School for Design

Parsons the New School for Design

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If you’re a Project Runway fan, you must pay a visit to Parsons School of Design on the west side… Read More

Samsung 837

Samsung 837

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Located in the heart of the Meatpacking district in NYC, Samsung 837 combines art, fashion, technology, and sport in unprecedented… Read More

The Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum

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Located in New York City, the world's first and foremost vertical metropolis, the Skyscraper Museum celebrates the city's rich architectural… Read More

Cultural Activities

Macy's Department Store

Macy's Department Store

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Shopping in New York is not complete without a trip to Macy's, not only can you stop by and pick… Read More

Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry

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The Staten Island Ferry exists predominantly for the purpose of getting commuters to and from Manhattan, but outside rush hour… Read More

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

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No trip to New York would be complete without a visit to the Statue of Liberty; the city’s iconic symbol.… Read More

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