Accessibility at Cooper Hewitt

A photograph of several of the objects on display in the exhibition Access+Ability. Information about the exhibition is below this photograph.

Cooper Hewitt offers a variety of access services so that everyone may enjoy the museum—including the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden— to the fullest extent possible. In the Great Hall, our Visitor Experience team is available to answer any questions about accessibility. Visitors may also email Cooper Hewitt or call 917.809.6732. Below are details about accessing Cooper Hewitt and available programs.

Traveling to Cooper Hewitt

The museum is located at 2 East 91st Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues in New York City. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) offers reduced fares on its subways, buses, and commuter railroads to customers with disabilities.

By bus:

Uptown: M1, M2, M3, M4 to Fifth Avenue and 90th or 92nd Streets.

Downtown: M1, M2, M3, M4 to Madison and 91st Street.

Crosstown: M96 to Madison and 94th Street.

By subway:

4,5,6 trains to 86th and Lexington Avenue

Q train to 86th and Second Avenue (Elevator on southeast corner of 86th Street and 2nd Avenue.)

Consult The MTA Guide to Accessible Transit for information about reduced fare programs, accessible stations, large print maps, and a variety of other ADA-accessible services MTA agencies provide.

Visitors with limited mobility

The main entrance to Cooper Hewitt is an accessible path as is the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden entrance on East 90th Street, which is open year round.  From the garden, there is an entrance to our Tarallucci e Vino Cafe, where an elevator is available to bring visitors to the first floor.

Inside the museum, a passenger elevator brings visitors to all four floors of galleries. Standard manual wheelchairs and portable stools are available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis at our coat check, located immediately to the right of the museum’s East 91st Street entrance. All of Cooper Hewitt’s restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Download and print a map of the museum and its entrances.

Visitors who are deaf

American Sign Language interpretation is available for Cooper Hewitt programs by special request with two weeks notice.To place a request,  email the museum or call 917.809.6732. This service is free of charge.

visitors with vision loss

Design objects for tactile exploration are available, including over 40 touchable installations and objects in the exhibition The Senses: Design Beyond Vision. For details, please inquire at our Visitor Experience desk.

Large-print labels are available at the Visitor Experience desk and also can be downloaded from our website.

Braille is available on all our facilities signage and on exhibition signage for The Senses: Design Beyond Vision. Online, our Object of the Day blog includes a spoken-word audio recording of the curatorial text for each blog item.

Public Tours

Cooper Hewitt offers sensory and verbal description tours of its exhibitions. Please visit our Events page for more information.

Free public tours of the museum led by docents, educators, and staff take place twice daily. Visitors may request dynamic description from the tour guide. Assistive listening devices, T-coil loops, and portable stools are available at all public tours upon request.

Service dogs

All service dogs are welcome.

Morning at the museum

Morning at the Museum is a free Smithsonian public program for visitors with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities that takes place on select Saturdays one hour prior to the museum opening, Cooper Hewitt’s Morning at the Museum program provides pre-visit materials for participating families, a gallery scavenger hunt, design activities, and a “take a break” space.