Barrier-Free Spaces 2 Metropolitan Museum of Art

We continue to talk about places for disabled friends. Our disabled-friendly venue today is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the largest art museums in the world, is the largest art museum in the United States. This museum was founded on April 13, 1872, and has two million square meters of the building. Tens of thousands of works of art from ancient Egypt to modern art are exhibited in the museum. If you love seeing and discovering new things, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the place for you. It will give opportunity to experience the pleasure of discovering new things for visitors.

Another nice feature of this beautiful place is that it has many advantages in terms of accessibility. Currently, many facilities are used in a limited way due to Covid-19 security measures, but still have many opportunities to facilitate people with physical disabilities. Some of these possibilities are:

1. Entry to the museum is free for people with disabilities and their caregivers. Getting free tickets is possible from the museum ticket office.

2. Disabled parking is available at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters.

3. The museum has accessible entrances.  Accessible entrances are located at Fifth Avenue and 81st Street and through the parking garage at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street. A free shuttle service is available to visitors requiring step-free access. The pick-up stop is located near the Postern entrance (see map) and will transport visitors to and from an accessible entrance inside the Museum’s courtyard. Reservations are required and space is limited.

4. Although wheelchair escort service is not provided due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a limited number of wheelchairs are available free of charge.

5. At the Met Fifth Avenue, disabled visitors can use mobility devices, including manual and electric wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and manually operated mobility aids (such as walkers, canes, and crutches) in all pedestrian areas.

6. Usage of service dogs as an aid to the disabled are allowed in the museum, but usage of pets is not.

7. The museum provides assistive listening devices, with the condition to use personal earphones and neck loops.

8. Although Audio Guide devices cannot be rented at the moment due to the measures taken due to the Covid-19 pandemic, listening to certain tours for free with In-Gallery Guides is possible. During the visit, scanning QR codes to listen on a personal device, and bringing personal headphones are necessary.

9. The museum publicly shares all this information about accessibility on its official website.

I strongly recommend that you call the museum before your visit, as safety and health measures may change due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I hope you will enjoy visiting this museum and you will not encounter any physical obstacles. See you at another disabled-friendly place.