279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
(631) 367 - 3418
DescriptionThe 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.
- Number of handicapped spaces: *
Terrain: slight incline to entrance
Places to rest: none
Paths and walkways: brick walkway to entrance
Location of handicapped entrance: at main entrance
Doors: double doors, push button for assistance
Number of floors: 1
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.
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 “http://www.cshwhalingmuseum.org/just-for-seniors.html” for details)
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.cshwhalingmuseum.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”