725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021
(212) 288 - 6400
DescriptionThe Asia Society Museum is located at 725 Park Avenue in NYC. Parking is available at nearby garages. The entrance is street level with a revolving door and doors on either side that can be opened for wheelchairs. The admission desk is straight ahead.
The museum has four levels. The museum shop and Garden Court Cafè are on opposite sides of the lobby. They are both spacious and have open entries. The galleries are upstairs. The restrooms are on the lower and third levels. Elevators and staircases provide access to all floors. There are benches for sitting on all levels.
The restrooms on the lower level are multi stall with a handicapped accessible unit at the front by the entrance. There is no dedicated baby changing station, but there is a shelf by the hand washing area that can be used. We were unable to go the third floor, but we were told that a single occupancy restroom is located there.
- Location of handicapped entrance: main entrance
Doors: revolving and single
Number of floors: 4
Elevators: to all floors
Steps and staircases: staircases to all levels
Width of aisles: ample
Places to sit: benches on each level
Location of restrooms: lower and third level
Type of restroom: multi stall handicapped accessible, single occupancy
Ease of entry and exit: easy
Available food services: cafe
Friendliness of staff: very friendly
Notes: Asia Society is in Manhattan so parking needs to be in lots or on street where available
The Asia Society Museum located on 70th street in NYC is known for its collection of Asian art. “Asia Society Museum was one of the first American museums to establish a program of contemporary Asian art in the early 1990s. A recognized leader in identifying and fostering contemporary Asian and Asian American artists, the Museum announced the establishment of a Contemporary Art Collection in 2007.”(website) Unfortunately on the day we decided to visit, the museum was in the process of changing exhibits and visitors were not allowed in the galleries.
Although we were unable to see any art exhibits, we were able to speak to the lovely women at the reception desk and assess the building for accessibility. The entrance is street level and has a revolving door with doors on each side. There are four levels with beautiful staircases to each level and an elevator landing on all. The surface of the floors is tiled and has flat carpeting. We went to the restroom on the lower level. It is multi stall, with a large handicapped unit including a sink, right by the entrance door. There is no baby changing station, but there is a large shelf by the hand washing area. We were told that there is also a single occupancy restroom on the third floor. Benches are on each level.
We planned our visit so that we would be able to enjoy an Asian lunch at the Garden Court Café located on the main floor. The space occupied by the café is lovely. On a cold day, it was wonderful to be warmed by the sun in a glass enclosed atrium with trees reaching up to the high ceilings. The entrance to the restaurant is open and the tables have ample space between them.
After lunch, we walked to the other side of the lobby to go shopping. A visit to a museum is never complete without a stop at the store. The entrance is open with out a door. The shop is quite large and contains many interesting items.
We were disappointed that we couldn’t see any art, so we will have to plan a return visit. As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to check a venue’s website, www.asiasociety.org when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”