New York Historical Society

Facility Access Information

Wheelchair Parking Location
No parking facilities on site.
Main Entrance
170 Central Park West
Accessible Entrance
2 W 77 Street is the Society's accessible entrance. The ramp has rails on both sides. The front door to the building is powered, as is the interior door to the Museum Store.
Café / Restaurant
Café/Restaurant is wheelchair accessible
Large-print menu available
Wheelchairs Available
Wheelchairs are available at the admissions desk.
Children’s Backpack Carriers
Strollers are permitted in most galleries.
Accessible Restrooms
All restrooms are accessible
Accessible Restroom Location
While all restrooms have accessible stalls, our first- and second-floor bathrooms also have powered doors. On the first floor, three of the five bathrooms are large, unisex private rooms.
Family/Unisex Restroom
Family / unisex restroom available (wheelchair accessible)
Family/Unisex Restroom Location
There are three family/unisex bathrooms on the first floor. The restrooms in the lower level have baby changing facilities
Segways Allowed
Service Animals
Sitting Area Location
Throughout the building in select hallways and in all exhibitions galleries.
Portable Chairs
Lightweight folding gallery stools are available free of charge at the admissions desk.
Visitor Information Desk
The following items are available. Please ask for them at the information desk
Large-print floor plans
Magnifying glasses
Notepad and pencil (for deaf and other visitors)
Audio guides
Audio guides that are T-coil compatible and have volume control
Neck loops and headsets
Audio guides featuring recorded verbal descriptions
Portable FM system (headsets and neck loops)/other amplification devices
Audio guides that can be accessed via cell phone
Audio guide transcripts
Staff members trained in sighted guide technique
Galleries and Exhibits
Tactile or Multisensory Exhibits
Select exhibitions feature tactile elements include replicas and raised line drawings.
Audio Exhibits
Many exhibitions feature verbal description audio tours.
Large-Print Materials
Large print text labels are available for all exhibitions and can be found at the entrance to each exhibition.
Transcripts for media elements are available for all exhibitions and audio tours.
Theaters, Auditoriums, Video Installations
Theaters and Auditoriums
FM system
Video Installations
Videos without sound are labeled “no sound.”
Videos with words have open captioning.
Soundsticks that are T-coil compatible are available
Information about Programs and Upcoming Exhibits
You can find out about our regular and accessible programs from or 212-485-9232
The New-York Historical Society strives to ensure that all visitors, despite any physical disability, are able to not only have access to the building and galleries, but also have an experience comparable to those without disabilities. The Society is currently under renovations and while the research library will remain open throughout the construction period, the museum galleries will not reopen until November 11, 2011.