• Accessibility

The Rubin Museum of Art welcomes all visitors. In addition to meeting the standards of physical accessibility, the Museum also offers events and programs to accommodate all audiences on a regular basis.

Visitors with Limited Mobility or Mobility Aid

Mobility Aid Accessibility

All public areas at the museum are accessible by elevators that connect all seven public floors, including several ADA-compliant restrooms.

A wheelchair lift is available to transport visitors from the entrance lobby to the first gallery level. This lift is sized to accommodate most wheelchairs. For over-sized wheelchairs there is an alternative entrance with ramped access to the first level.

Wheelchair Availability

The Rubin has a limited number of wheelchairs for use by visitors. Please request a wheelchair at the admissions desk or coat check, or reserve one by calling the admissions desk at 212.620.5000 x375 on the day of your visit.

Service Animals

Service animals are allowed throughout the museum.

Senior Visitors

On the first Monday of every month the Rubin Museum of Art welcomes older adults (65 and older) to receive free admission to the galleries (regularly $10). Reservations for group visits are recommended, and private tours of the galleries can be arranged by filing out the Senior Group Reservation Form.

Since opening its doors to the public in October 2004, the Rubin Museum has worked to provide programming, events, and resources for senior audiences. Every Wednesday the museum presents Lunch Matters, a lunchtime screening of a short documentary film focused on themes and ideas present in Himalayan art and followed by a moderated discussion.

Events for Seniors Senior Group Reservations

For Blind or Partially Sighted Visitors

Large Print Exhibition Labels

High-contrast, large-print labels are available for every exhibition. They can be found in binders in each gallery to assist visitors in their viewing and understanding of the exhibition.

Verbal Description and Sensory Tours

The Rubin Museum offers verbal description and sensory tours for visitors who are blind or partially sighted. These free tours are one hour in length and are included with Museum admission.

Museum guides are specially trained to lead these tours, which allow participants to form visualizations of the art through close, careful descriptions as well as touch objects like sculptures, art materials, woodblocks, and ritual implements.

Reservations are required, as space is limited, so please contact the reservations office by phone: 212.620.5000 x319, or by email, access@rubinmuseum.org in advance of your visit.

Verbal Description Tours

Verbal Description and Sensory Tour Example Video

An example from the Rubin Museum of Art's Verbal Description Audio Tour for the exhibition Gateway to Himalayan Art.

Visitors who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

American Sign Language Tours

The Rubin Museum offers American Sign Language tours of the Museum’s collection specifically designed for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Reservations are required, as space is limited, so please contact the reservations office by phone: 212.620.5000 x319, or by email, access@rubinmuseum.org in advance of your visit.

If you would like to schedule a private ASL tour, please contact the Manager of Visitor Experience and Access Programs at 212.620.5000 x336.

ASL Tours

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices are available for museum programs and special events. Place requests in advance by calling 212.620.5000 x344 or by email at boxoffice@rubinmuseum.org.

Audio Guide Transcripts

Audio guide transcriptions are available at the front admissions desk by request.

Visitors with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and their Caregivers

Mindful Connections

Mindful Connections is a free tour program for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and their caregivers. Trained museum guides facilitate a gallery experience designed to promote conversation and engagement with works of art and each other.

To be added to a waitlist for this program, please fill out a registration form.

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