New-York Historical Society

170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024


170 Central Park West
10024 New York , NY
United States
Phone: 212-873-3400
New York US
New York Historical Society
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.

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