Address

1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), New York, NY 10128

Phone Number

(212) 423-3500

Date Visited

07/28/2015

Website

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Guggenheim Museum

Description

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is located at 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), in NYC. The handicapped entrance is to the right of the revolving doors.  One needs to ask someone inside to unlock the double glass doors. There is a continuous circular ramp around the perimeter of the rotunda spiraling to all floors except for the lower level.

There is one main elevator from the lobby.   Elevators in the annex part of the building provide access to certain exhibits.

The galleries are easy to traverse with benches in some of them.  A bench can be found on each level near the elevator.

All of the restrooms are single occupancy.  Handicapped accessible restrooms can be found on Annex Level 7, and the ground floor.

The Wright Restaurant, on the lobby level, can be entered via an outdoor ramp or from the indoor chair lift. The Cafe on Three offers a view of Central Park.

Wheelchair accessible seating is available for all events.  Call the box office to reserve (212) 423-3587.

Checklist

    Number of handicapped spaces:  *
    Location of handicapped entrance:  **to the right of the revolving doors
    Doors:  double glass
    Number of floors:  7
    Elevators:  ***one elevator in lobby
    Ramps:  continuous circular ramp around rotunda
    Steps and staircases:  to all floors
    Width of aisles:  spacious
    Places to sit:  benches on each level near elevators and benches in some galleries
    Location of restrooms:  **** on each level
    Type of restroom:  *** all are single occupancy
    Ease of entry and exit:  adequate
    Baby changing station:  yes
    Available food services:  Wright Restaurant and Cafe on Three
    Friendliness of staff:  pleasant and helpful
    Notes:  * no parking facility at this venue ** one must ask someone inside building to unlock handicapped accessible doors *** main elevator in lobby, some areas are accessed by switching to other elevators in annex part of the building ****handicapped accessible restrooms are located on 7, G, and LL (all are in annex part of building)

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A lovely summer day brought us to Manhattan to check out the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1959 (with an addition in 1976, it is “among the 20th century’s most important architectural landmarks.”(website)  The museum is probably visited as much for its architecture as for its collections and exhibitions.


The double glass doors next to the revolving glass doors serve as its handicapped accessible entrance. They can only be accessed by asking one of the security guards inside the building to unlock them.  We assumed that in an earlier, simpler time, these doors were not locked.


The lobby is spacious.  It is quite impressive to look at the continuous circular ramp (with a 3 degree incline) that winds all the way to the top floor.  We decided to elevate to the top and survey the artwork as we meandered down the ramp.


As we worked our way down we noticed that every level has a bench near the elevator as well as two single occupancy restrooms (not handicapped accessible).  The handicapped accessible restrooms are located on the ground floor in the Sackler Center for Arts Education and Annex Level 7.


There is only one elevator in the lobby that goes to all floors. Because the building has been added to, there is an Annex portion of the building, sometimes necessitating taking other elevators to access various exhibits, all of which are handicapped accessible.


We stopped at the Cafe on 3 for a cup of coffee with a lovely view of Central Park.  If you want a more elegant meal The Wright Restaurant can be accessed via an outdoor ramp or from an indoor chair lift (as a security guard to assist you.) (website)



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