Admission to the Hessel Museum of Art and adjoining CCS Bard Galleries is open to the public and free for all visitors. We recommend reserving a free timed ticket in advance of your visit to guarantee entry, however walk-ins will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
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The CCS Bard Library is open for walk-in visits from all current Bard College students, faculty, and staff. Outside researchers are welcome and are asked to contact us in advance to make an appointment. Please note that access to the CCS Bard Archives and Special Collections is by appointment only due to the fragile and unique nature of these materials.
The health and safety of our visitors, students, faculty, and staff is our top priority, and we are committed to supporting the efforts of Bard College and New York State to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Bard College requires all visitors to campus buildings, including CCS Bard and the Hessel Museum, to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, or to have received a negative COVID-19 test within the last 24 hours. To be considered fully vaccinated and boosted, visitors must have received at least one booster shot in addition to the full course of a COVID-19 vaccine.
In accordance with this policy, and for the health and safety of everyone, CCS Bard is implementing the following protocols:
- Visitors ages 5 and up may be asked to show proof of vaccination upon entering the building.
- Masking indoors is optional for visitors who are fully vaccinated and boosted and not experiencing symptoms.
- If you are feeling ill, exhibiting symptoms, or have had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please stay home and seek care. *Individuals who are fully vaccinated but recently tested positive for COVID-19 may visit only after they are no longer experiencing symptoms and it has been at least 5 days since they tested positive. If it has been more than 5 days but less than 10 days since their positive test, they must be masked throughout their time inside or in any kind of group setting.
Guided tours of the exhibitions are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm.
Large groups (10 or more) are encouraged to reach out to us ahead of time so we can help arrange the details of your visit. Please email CCSvisits@bard.edu with the number of people in your group and the date and time you are planning to visit.
Tours are also available for prospective students wishing to learn more about the CCS Bard graduate program in curatorial studies. Learn more and request a tour here.
CCS Bard and the Hessel Museum of Art are located in a single-level facility. If you have specific questions or requests about access, please write to CCSvisits@bard.edu at least two weeks before your visit or the event you plan to attend and we will make every effort to accommodate you.
During your visit, you may seek the assistance of Visitor Services staff members who are present at the CCS Bard reception desk and throughout the exhibitions. Please don’t hesitate to contact CCSvisits@bard.edu with any feedback about your visit.
To see our full access policy, please click here.
CCS Bard and the Hessel Museum of Art are located on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, about 90 miles north of New York City. Our street address is:
From New York City and southern Connecticut:
- Follow I-84 to the Taconic State Parkway. Take the Taconic north to the Red Hook / Route 199 exit. Drive west on Route 199 through the village of Red Hook to Route 9G, then turn right onto Route 9G and drive north 1.6 miles. At the first light (Kelly Road), make a left, then bear right onto Annandale Road (Country Route 103) to enter the Bard campus. Follow the signs to CCS Bard / Hessel Museum.
From New Jersey and points south:
- Take the New York State Thruway (I-87) to Exit 19 (Kingston). Take Route 209 (changes to Route 199 at the Hudson River) over the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to Route 9G. At the second light, turn left onto Route 9G and drive north 3.5 miles. Once on the Bard campus, follow the signs to CCS Bard Hessel Museum.
From northern Connecticut:
- Take Route 44 to Route 199 at Millerton. Drive west on Route 199, then proceed as if coming from NYC and southern Connecticut (see above).
From Massachusetts and northern New England:
- Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit B-2 (Taconic State Parkway). Take the Taconic south to the Red Hook / Route 199 exit, then proceed as if coming from NYC and southern Connecticut (see above).