170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Phone Number

(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 York, NY. There are 9 steps up to the main entrance. The accessible  entrance is located at 2 West 77th Street. The museum has four floors.  An elevator provides access to all floors.

There is no dedicated parking garage. Parking must be found on the street or in a nearby garage.

Multi-stall, accessible restrooms are located on each floor. Three single-occupancy, restrooms are on the main floor. One of them is accessible.  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.


    Attraction Type:  museum
    Number of accessible spaces:  * there is no dedicated parking garage
    Location of accessible spaces:  Parking must be found on the street on in a nearby garage.
    Surface of lot:  na
    Distance to venue:  na
    Transportation to venue offered:  na
    Terrain:  na
    Places to rest:  na
    Paths and walkways:  concrete sidewalk, steps and ramp to enter
    Location of accessible entrance:  on 77th street
    Doors:  single
    Number of floors:  5
    Elevators:  2
    Ramps:  ramp to accessible entrance is on 77th street
    Steps and staircases:  to all floors
    Width of aisles:  spacious
    Places to sit:  benches in some galleries
    Location of restrooms:  on all levels
    Type of restroom:  multi-stall, accessible on all floors, 3 accessible, single-occupancy, on main floor
    Ease of entry and exit:  good
    Baby changing station:  yes
    Available food services:  full service restaurant 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 New York’s first museum. 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… You can experience 400 years of history through collections, exhibitions, films and programs. ” (website)

The main entrance has nine steps up to the doors.  There is an  accessible entrance around the corner at 2 West 77th Street. Both entrances lead to the beautiful, spacious lobby.  We were quite pleased to find that the amazing movie, “New York Story,”  is still being shown in the main floor auditorium. Spacious, comfy seats with wheelchair and companion seating are easy to navigate. Make sure not to miss this story of our nation.

The museum has four levels. As of today the third floor is closed for renovation. The Tiffany Gallery houses over 100 illuminated Tiffany lamps. If you are a Tiffany fan, as I am, this gallery is heaven!  Even if you are not a huge fan, these masterpieces are worth seeing in this spectacular setting!

Don’t miss the  recreation of the Oval Office is quite impressive. As I stood there I could  just imagine the President and some important visitors conferring on a wide variety of topics!

The galleries on all floors are spacious, with benches in some of them.

The lower level houses the DiMenna Children’s History Museum, an area with may interactive things of interest for kids.

A large elevator provides access to all floors. Multi-stall restrooms on each floor have accessible stalls. There are three, accessible, single-occupancy restrooms on the main floor. Baby-changing stations can be found on the lower level, first and 4th floors restrooms.

The calendar at the museum is very full with events and performances. Be sure to check their website ("> for more information.

A lovely restaurant on the main floor,  is easily accessible from both the lobby and street. Unfortunately, we did not have time to visit. Don’t pass up a visit to the museum store, located next to the restaurant. It has a wide variety of interesting objects.

Everyone we interacted with was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. 

As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to visit a venue’s website, (">, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”



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