Plan your visit.

Gallery Hours and Admission
Bard Graduate Center Gallery occupies a six-story townhouse at 18 West 86th Street steps from Manhattan’s Central Park. A second townhouse at 38 West 86th Street houses our academic programs, lecture hall, and library. The Gallery is easily accessible by the B,C, and 1 subway lines at 86th Street, and several bus lines. Use the MTA’s Trip Planner to plan your visit, and click here to see a map of the area.

Bard Graduate Center Gallery Address
18 West 86th Street
(between Columbus and Central Park West)
New York, NY 10024
Subways: B, C, 1 to 86th Street

Gallery Hours
BGC Gallery will be closed until September 24, 2021, when the exhibition Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915 will be on view.

BGC Gallery is always closed on major public holidays including July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Gallery Information
Directions and Public Transportation
The Gallery is located at 18 West 86th Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenues in New York City. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) offers reduced fares on its subways, buses, and commuter railroads to visitors with disabilities.

By Bus

Uptown: M10, M7 or M11 to 86th Street.
Downtown: M10, M7 or M11 to 86th Street.
Crosstown: M86 to Central Park West and 86th Street.

By Subway

B or C train to 86th Street and Central Park West; walk a half block west.
1 train to 86th Street and Broadway; walk two and half blocks east

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.

By Car

On-street parking in the area is extremely limited. Several garages in the area charge hourly rates, including ones located at 87th street and Columbus Avenue, 84th street and Amsterdam Avenue, and 83rd street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.

Tour Fees

NYCDOE school groups: Free
For all other groups the 2018–19 rates are:
$85 | for group of up to 15 participants
$160 | 16–30 participants
$210 | 31–45 participants

Tour Availability

Tuesdays through Fridays: Tours begin at 11 am
Advance reservations are required.
Tour Length: 50 minutes

Tour Booking


VIP Tours

We offer exclusive access to our curators and exhibitions with behind the scenes VIP tours that culminate in refreshments and conversation in our intimate townhouse space. For more information please contact: or call 212.501.3013

Tours for English Language Learners

We offer customized tours for English language learners that explore exhibition objects through touch and hands-on making activities. ELL students are encouraged to draw on their personal knowledge, history, and insight during the object-based tour which builds meaningful learning experiences.

Accessibility At Bard Graduate Center

Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s exhibition spaces are sites for understanding, thoughtful questioning, and enjoyment for all people, and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In the lobby of our Gallery, staff are available to answer any questions about accessibility. Visitors may also email or call 212.501.3011 for more information.

Visitors with disabilities are welcome to pay as they wish at the door. Care-partners and aids are always given complimentary admission when attending Bard Graduate Center with an individual with a disability.

Below are details about accessing Bard Graduate Center Gallery and available programs.

Visitors with Limited Mobility

The main entrance to Bard Graduate Center Gallery is located at 18 West 86th Street, a wheelchair lift is available to transport visitors from the street level to the lobby of the gallery.

Inside the Gallery, an elevator brings visitors to all four floors of galleries. A standard manual wheelchair and portable stools are available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Restrooms are located on the lower level, where there are also lockers for coats and valuables, and a water fountain. Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s restrooms are wheelchair accessible.

Visitors Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Assistive listening devices are available for all programs that take place in our lecture hall.

American Sign Language interpretation and CART Captioning is available for Bard Graduate Center programs by request with two weeks notice.

To place a request for additional services, email the Gallery or call 212.501.3011. This service is free of charge.

Visitors with Vision Loss

Large-print labels are available at the Gallery admission desk and also can be downloaded from our website. Verbal description tours of exhibitions are available by request with two weeks notice. Join a Bard Graduate Center Gallery educator in conversation and explore a selection of objects through detailed verbal description and touch.

Fact check: Braille is available on all our facilities signage.

Aspirational: Online, our Object of the Month blog includes a spoken-word audio recording of the curatorial text for each blog item.

Visitors with Memory Impairments and Their Caregivers

Bard Graduate Center Gallery in partnership with Arts & Minds offers visitors with memory disorders and their caregivers monthly workshops that facilitate deep reflection with objects. Through hands-on object based discussions and making activities, Arts & Minds opens a window to storytelling and well-being. To learn more about this program, please email

Service Dogs

All service dogs are welcome.
Bard Graduate Center Academic Programs
Bard Graduate Center Academic Programs and Library are located at:

38 West 86th Street (between Columbus and Central Park West)
New York, NY 10024