Access Information for Hessel Museum and CCS Bard Galleries
Parking is available outside of the building in an ADA-compliant parking lot which has four accessible parking spaces at the end of the paved entrance way.
CCS Bard and the Hessel Museum are accessible via a paved road; it does not have a separate sidewalk. Once you are at the front of the building, you can enter by moving down a paved 200 foot long, outdoor entrance way that is not covered. The front door is not equipped with an automatic opener, but Security and Public Engagement staff members are nearby and can assist.
Accessible restrooms are available in the lobby. Both restrooms are all-gender and contain multiple, locking stalls; one restroom includes urinals. Due to COVID-19 precautions, both restrooms are currently single-use. Personal care attendants, parents, and other caregivers are welcome to accompany people into the restrooms.
Manual wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the front desk.
All galleries are on a single-level. Entrance doorways to the galleries are not equipped with automatic openers, but Security and Public Engagement staff members are nearby and can assist.
The Museum doesn’t allow pets in the building. However, we welcome Service Animals in the Museum, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and New York State law. A Service Animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are not Service Animals as defined by the ADA and New York State and therefore not allowed in the Museum. Service Animals must be under the control of the handler at all times. The Museum doesn’t allow photographs of animals inside the building.
CCS Bard and the Hessel Museum are not fragrance free on a day-to-day basis, but we do provide fragrance free soap and fragrance free hand sanitizer. We do encourage visitors to come fragrance free to public programs.
The cafe is open every day, 12pm - 5pm.
Audio guides are available through Gesso, an app for Android and iOS and the web. Gesso can be downloaded for Android here and iOS here, and the CCS Bard and Hessel Museum web interface can be accessed here. If you do not have a smartphone, you can request an iPod at the front desk to access Gesso and use in the exhibitions. Some exhibitions have audio guides that include audio versions of all exhibition texts and audio descriptions of the works on view.
Captioning and Transcripts
Select audio works and video works with sound on display will either have closed captions or transcripts available at the front desk.
Large print versions of exhibition wall texts are available in the Museum galleries or at the front desk. Please ask a visitor services or Public Engagement member for assistance.
Exhibition texts are available in 18 languages on Gesso.
Braille exhibition texts are available with four weeks request notice.
CCS BARD PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Live captioning is available for public programs upon request with two weeks advance notice. To place a request, please contact CCS Bard by email CCSVisits@bard.edu or phone 845-758-7598. Relay and voice calls welcome.
Verbal description is available for public programs upon request with two weeks advance notice. To place a request, please contact CCS Bard by email CCSVisits@bard.edu or phone 845-758-7598. Relay and voice calls welcome.
American Sign Language Interpretation
ASL-English interpretation is available for public programs upon request with two weeks advance notice. To place a request, please contact CCS Bard by email CCSVisits@bard.edu or phone 845-758-7598. Relay and voice calls welcome.