Plan your visit

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. On the weekends, we recommend taking the 1 train to avoid planned service changes. 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


Tuesday, Friday–Sunday: 11 am–5 pm
Wednesday–Thursday: 11 am–8 pm

Closed on major public holidays including July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Free Admission Hours

All day Wednesdays
Thursday evenings from 5–8 pm
December 26 for Boxing Day

Admission (suggested)

General: $7
Students and Seniors (65+): $5

Gallery Information



By Bus:

M86 cross-town, M10 on Central Park West, M7 or M11 on Columbus Avenue

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.
Check the weekend subway schedule here to plan your visit.

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, 84th street and Amsterdam, and 83rd street between Columbus and Amsterdam.


Guided exhibition tours are offered by experienced educators for adults, college and university classes, school groups, and senior groups. Tours last approximately one hour. Groups may be scheduled Tuesday through Friday between 11 am and 4 pm, and on Thursday evenings until 7 pm. Advance reservations are required.

Tour Booking


Tour Fees

Tours are free for New York City public schools.
For all other groups the 2017 rates are:
$85 | for group of up to 15 participants
$160 | 16–30 participants
$210 | 31–45 participants

Self-Guided Groups

Self-guided groups are welcome, but must make reservations in advance to ensure availability of the Gallery. Please contact us to discuss admission fees and arrangements.

Thursday Evening Tours

Join graduate student educators in the galleries at 6 pm, 6:45 pm, and 7:30 pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for an object-focused tour. Uncovering fascinating objects in the exhibition, educators will take you behind the scenes in encounters that examine the people, places, and stories of historical objects and how they resonate in the present moment.

Scheduling and Accessibility

For further information or to schedule a group tour, please contact us at 212.501.3013 or Bard Graduate Center complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act by making its building accessible to those with special needs. To discuss arrangements, please call prior to visiting. Customizable, VIP Tours are available upon request.
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