170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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(212) 873 - 3400

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New York Historical Society, Museum & Library


The New York Historical Society is located at170 Central Park West, New YorkNY. There are 9 steps up to the main entrance. The handicapped entrance is located at 2 West 77th Street. The museum has 4 floors.  An elevator provides access to all floors.

Multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms are located on each floor. Three single-occupancy, but not handicapped-accessible, restrooms are on the main floor. Baby-changing stations can be found on the lower level, first and 4th floors.

There are benches in some of the galleries.

The main floor restaurant is accessible from both the lobby and street.

The museum store is located near the restaurant.



    Number of handicapped spaces:  *
    Location of handicapped entrance:  **2 West 77th Street
    Doors:  single
    Number of floors:  4
    Elevators:  2
    Ramps:  none
    Steps and staircases:  to all floors
    Width of aisles:  spacious
    Places to sit:  some benches
    Location of restrooms:  on all levels
    Type of restroom:  all handicapped accessible, 3 single occupancy on main floor
    Ease of entry and exit:  good
    Baby changing station:  yes
    Available food services:  cafe on main floor
    Friendliness of staff:  very friendly and helpful
    Notes:  * This venue does not have a dedicated parking garage. Parking must be found on the street or in a garage. ** The main entrance has 9 steps up to it.

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The New York Historical Society is the oldest museum in the city of New York.  It predates the Met by 70 years.  It is…”dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today.  It has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural, and social history of New York City, the State and the nation…” (website)

This was our first visit to this venue and boy were we impressed.  We walked up the nine step staircase, and through the glass doors. Handicapped access is around the corner at 2 West 77th Street.  Both entrances lead to the beautiful, spacious lobby where a lovely docent explained how to operate the interactive viewing system in the lobby and told us not to miss the movie that was starting in a few minutes.  We entered the lobby level auditorium through open doors and were surprised to see a huge screen in a large theater.  There were comfy seats with wheelchair and companion seating in the rear.  The movie was an excellent depiction of the history of New York City, complete with special effects.

We had heard about the “Chinese American Exclusion, Inclusion” exhibit and wanted to experience it. We were glad we did.  We found the exhibit to be extremely well done, and quite informative.  It gave us new insights into a world we do not know that much about.

The museum has four levels.  At present the fourth floor is closed for renovation, but there is plenty to see on the other floors.  The calendar at this venue is very full with various events and performances.  The lower level houses the DiMenna Children’s History Museum, an area with many things of interest to children.

An elevator provides access to all floors.  Multi-stall restrooms on each level all have handicapped accessible stalls.  There are three single occupancy, but not handicapped-accessible restrooms on the main floor.  Baby-changing stations can be found on the lower level, first and 4th floors.

Benches can be found in some of the galleries.

A lovely restaurant on the main floor is easily accessible from both the lobby and street.  We were told that it is quite good.  Unfortunately, we did not have the time to check it out.  Maybe next time. The museum store is located next to the restaurant.

Everyone was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.  On our way out the security guard even accompanied us outside to make sure he had given us the correct bus information. We  will return .

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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