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  • 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.

Senior Day

On the first Thursday of every month the Rubin Museum of Art welcomes older adults (65 and older) to receive free admission to the galleries (regularly $14).

Since opening its doors to the public in October 2004, the Rubin Museum has worked to provide programming, events, and resources for senior audiences.

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.

Social Narratives for Rubin Museum Visits

Are you planning a visit to the Rubin Museum of Art? Preparing ahead of time will help your group know what to expect, making for a more enjoyable and enriching experience. Our social narrative is a step-by-step guide to ensure that first-time school and family visitors have the information and tips they need to best navigate the Rubin.

Please note that these narratives reflect Museum visits before updates related to COVID-19. Some elements will now be different.

K-12 Visits For Families

Adult Visitors

Visitors with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and their Caregivers

Memory Connections

A free program for people living with dementia and their caregivers. On the second Thursday of the month, trained teaching artists and special performers facilitate an online experience designed to promote engagement between participants and the art and culture of the Himalayan region. Register to receive your Zoom link to the program.

Upcoming Memory Connections Programs

Empowering Caregivers

At this program designed specifically for caregivers, we invite participants to examine the power dynamics in their lives and open their minds to a different understanding of their own agency. Led by trained Rubin docents, this program explores how contemporary and traditional Buddhist artworks offer new perspectives and pathways to empowerment.

Upcoming Empowering Caregiver Tour

Visitors who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

American Sign Language Tours

The Rubin Museum is not currently offering onsite ASL or Verbal Description Tours. Please check back or subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

Audio Guide Transcripts

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

Visitors who are Blind or Partially sighted

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. They are also accessible online as part of our education resources.

View and Download Labels

Verbal Description and Sensory Tours

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, and with the health and safety of our visitors and staff in mind, the Rubin Museum is not currently offering onsite tours and group experiences. Please check back or subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

Senior Days are supported in part by the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation. Empowering Caregivers and Mindful Connections is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.