279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Phone Number

(631) 367 - 3418

Date Visited



Link to Website

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum (The Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor)


The Whaling Museum is located on Route 25A in Cold Spring Harbor.On site parking is not available. Weekdays, street parking seems to be readily available. If not, a municipal lot is a short distance away. A slightly inclined brick walkway leads to the double-door main entrance. There is a button to push if assistance is needed.

Inside, the exhibits are easily accessible, with some seating available.

Multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms with ample room are located on the main floor.


    Terrain:  slight incline to entrance
    Places to rest:  none
    Paths and walkways:  brick walkway to entrance
    Doors:  double doors, push button for assistance
    Number of floors:  1
    Elevators:  none
    Ramps:  none
    Steps and staircases:  none
    Width of aisles:  easily navigable
    Places to sit:  some chairs
    Location of restrooms:  main floor
    Type of restroom:  multi-stall, handicapped accessible
    Ease of entry and exit:  good
    Baby changing station:  no
    Available food services:  none
    Friendliness of staff:  helpful
    Notes:  * Parking is on street, in front of museum or in municipal lot a short distance away.

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Another place we had not visited since our children were small is the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and Education Center.  It is housed in a one story building on Main Street (Route 25A).

Although there is no on-site parking, one can usually find street parking on a weekday. If not, there is a municipal parking lot a short distance away.  You can drop someone off in front of the building where there is a brick courtyard.  The brick extends up a slight incline to the double door main entrance.

Once inside it is easy to navigate this venue.  An audio tour is available, as well as a video one can sit and watch, about whaling. There is much information to be had in this relatively small space.  There are 6,000 artifacts that document the whaling and general maritime history of both Cold Spring Harbor and Long Island in general.  Be sure to check out the scrimshaw!

The museum hosts rotating exhibits as well as its permanent collection. A fascinating exhibit entitled “Waves & Watercolors” is there until September. 2014.  Along with information about the artists and their works the museum offers “Art Speak.” There are simple questions for kids to ponder, and ideas for parents to discuss.

A multi-stall, handicapped accessible bathroom is on the main floor.

This venue is part of the “Senior Days” activities (see “” for details)

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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