2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Ave. at 65th St. NY 10023

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(212) 595 - 9533

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American Folk Art Museum


The American Folk Art Museum is located at 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Ave at 65th St., NY. There is no dedicated parking garage.

The street-level, double-door entrance leads to a small entryway (with a bench) and another set of double-doors. The museum has two levels, with five steps or a ramp leading to the upper level. There is a bench in the middle of the lower level.

Two gender-neutral, handicapped-accessible restrooms are located in the hallway/ramp. There are no baby-changing facilities.

The museum shop is located to your left as you enter the building.


    Doors:  double-doors, entry, another set of double-doors
    Number of floors:  2
    Elevators:  0
    Ramps:  to upper level
    Steps and staircases:  5 steps to upper level
    Width of aisles:  spacious
    Places to sit:  bench on main gallery level
    Location of restrooms:  hallway
    Type of restroom:  2 gender-neutral,handicapped-accessible
    Ease of entry and exit:  good
    Baby changing station:  no
    Available food services:  none
    Friendliness of staff:  very pleasant and helpful
    Notes:  * There is no dedicated parking garage. Parking must be found in one of the nearby garages.

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If you are in the Lincoln Center area with some time to spare, spend some of it at the American Folk Art Museum.  That was just what I did while waiting to meet someone.

Located directly across from Lincoln Center I had a very interesting experience here. I have heard the term “folk art” many times, envisioning quilts, wooden works and other hand-made objects. It took my visit here to understand that folk art means works by artists that are self-taught, with no formal training. These are “…artists whose talents have been refined through experience rather than formal artistic training…” (website)

The street-level, double-door entrance led to a small entryway (with a bench) and another set of double-doors to both the museum and its shop.

This small museum does not have any permanent exhibits.  Instead, they offer three exhibitions a year.

After being welcomed by a lovely docent I moved into the lower portion of the gallery itself.  A bench in the center of this area was a nice sight.  Wide aisles and smooth floors offer easy navigation. After considering the works n this main level  I walked up the five steps to continue my visit. As I wandered about I followed a hallway and discovered that this was a ramp that led back to the main level. So…if you start on the main level and visit the gallery on your right, at the rear you will find the ramp to the upper gallery level. Nicely integrated and easy to maneuver!

In this hallway/ramp I discovered two all-gender, handicapped-accessible restrooms which did not have baby-changing facilities.

I was able to hear part of a tour being given to a group of students and so was able to learn a bit about folk art in general, and the exhibition being presented.  So interesting…sorry I was embarrassed to tag along for more.

For me, no museum visit is complete without stopping in the museum shop.  I must say that this one is a must.  There were so many interesting things to choose from.  I can imagine returning just to do some holiday or gift shopping!

As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website,, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”



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