Address

NYC Building, Queens, NY 11368 NY

Phone Number

718 592 9700

Date Visited

04/08/2014

Website

Link to Website

Queens Museum

Description

The Queens Museum is located in Flushing Meadow Park.

Free parking is available in a paved parking lot. Three handicapped parking spaces are less than 1/10 of a mile from the main entrances of the building.

Passengers can also be dropped off directly outside the west entrance (the entrance closest to Grand Central Parkway).

Double doors with a handicapped assist push button are located at the street level main entrances on both the east and west sides of the building.

The museum is a wheelchair accessible venue with spacious galleries, two elevators, and ramps where needed.

Benches in the galleries allow for resting.

Multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms are located on both levels.

A small cafe is located on the main floor.

A gift shop is also located on the main level.

Checklist

    Number of handicapped spaces:  3
    Surface of lot:  paved
    Distance to venue:  less than 1/10 mile
    Terrain:  flat
    Places to rest:  some benches
    Paths and walkways:  paved
    Location of handicapped entrance:  at main entrance
    Doors:  double doors, handiapped assist push button
    Number of floors:  2
    Elevators:  2
    Ramps:  where needed
    Steps and staircases:  to upper leve
    Width of aisles:  spacious areas
    Places to sit:  benches in all galleries
    Location of restrooms:  on both levels
    Type of restroom:  multi-stall, handicapped accessible
    Ease of entry and exit:  good
    Available food services:  cafe on main level
    Friendliness of staff:  friendly and helpful

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Traveling westbound on the Grand Central Parkway from Long Island, one passes a large building that is now called The Queens Museum.  Having passed it multiple times and knowing that it now houses a collection of Tiffany Glass (which we love) we decided to visit.


The building dates back to 1939.  It was built to house the NYC Pavilion at the 939 World’s Fair.  It was one of the buildings intended to be permanent and is the only surviving building from the Fair.  From 1946 – 1950 the United Nations General Assembly was housed here.


Renovation took place in 1964 to once again become the NYC Pavilion for that year’s World’s Fair, including a Panorama of NYC, which is still there, and includes every single building in all five boroughs of the city.


In 1972 the north side of the building became the Queens Museum. 1994 brought another redesign, creating “dramatic exhibition galleries.” (website)


Today the Panorama is part of the museum, which houses a collection of diverse exhibits, including a permanent home for the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass.


Free parking.  Three handicapped spaces are available in a paved parking lot less than 1/10 of a mile from the main entrance.  Passengers can also be dropped off directly outside the west entrance (the entrance closest to the Parkway).


Access is at street level with handicapped push buttons at both entrances.


The museum is a wheelchair accessible space with spacious, 2 floors,  2 elevators, and ramps where necessary.  Benches in the galleries allow for contemplation, or just resting.


Multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms are located on both levels.


A small cafe area with a lovely view of the Park and Unisphere is on the main level next to an interesting gift shop.


We viewed several interesting exhibits. We left the Tiffany Glass for last.  The Newsdtadt Collection is a permanent space at the museum.  Right now, “Shade Gardens,” features 20 Tiffany lamps, “exploring Tiffany’s masterful translation of nature into glass.” (website)  It will be on view for two years.


Since the Museum is located in Flushing Meadow Park one might want to spend some time exploring the park (see park website for information).


This venue is an easy place to get to and a lovely and inexpensive place in which to spend some time.  It is a must if you love Tiffany as much as we do!


As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to check a venue’s website, www.queensmuseum.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”



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