2 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10019
(212) 299 - 7777
Museum of Arts and Design
DescriptionThe Museum of Arts and Design is located at 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY. There is no on-site parking. Parking needs to be at one of the private garages nearby. Entry is at street level with a handicapped assist push button.
The lobby is spacious with two large elevators that take visitors to all levels.The galleries are spacious, with some seating.
Multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms are located on the 6th floor and lower level.
The "Robert Restaurant" is located on the 6th floor. A gift shop is located on the main level.
- Doors: handicapped-assist push button
Number of floors: 7
Steps and staircases: staircase to all floors
Width of aisles: wide, galleries have ample space
Places to sit: benches in galleries
Location of restrooms: 6th floor and lower level
Type of restroom: multi-stall, handicapped accessible
Ease of entry and exit: wide doors
Available food services: Robert Restaurant
Friendliness of staff: pleasant and helpful
Notes: * Due to the location in the heart of New York City, parking needs to be in one of the private garages nearby.
On yet another extremely cold day this winter we ventured into Manhattan to view an exhibit entitled, “Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger at the Museum of Arts and Design.” What we found was that there were three distinct exhibits, the most interesting being, “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital.”
Entry into the museum is at street level and easy, with a handicapped-assist push button. The lobby is spacious, with a gift shop and elevators going to all floors.
We took the elevator to the second floor for the jewelry exhibit. Some of the pieces were incredible. Some we could never envision wearing, but were interesting nonetheless.
On the same floor we encountered one part of “Out of Hand… which explores the many areas of 21st century creativity made possible by advanced methods of computer-assisted production known as digital fabrication. More than 80 international artists’ creations from the past decade, ranging from sculpture and furniture to fashion and transportation…come together to consider the impact of new, revolutionary methods of computer assisted manufacture of fine art, design and architecture.”(website) Seeing this combination of art and technology was mind-boggling. There were several artists-in-residence to explain the concepts and techniques involved.
The museum has four floors of galleries with benches in each.
Artists’ studios where one can observe and interact with artists and designers as they “produce their work in a public environment” (website) are on the 6th floor.
Robert, a full-service restaurant, as well as multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms are also located on this floor.
The lower level (theater level) houses a theater and large, multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms.
If the exhibits we saw are any indication, this museum will be well worth checking out in the future. We thought, based on its size, we would only be in the museum for a short time. We wound up staying for several hours.
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.madmuseum.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”