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. 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


The Gallery will close at 5 pm on September 12 for a private event.

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.

Admission (suggested)

General: $7
Students and Seniors (65+): $5
People Who Identify as Disabled: Pay as You Wish; Their Caregivers: Free

Free Admission Hours

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

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.

Tours and Accessibility

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.


Bard Graduate Center Gallery is committed to making its exhibitions and public programs accessible to all audiences.The gallery ADA Compliant A wheelchair lift is available to transport visitors from the street level to the lobby of the gallery. Our exhibitions are accessible by an elevator that connects to all four public floors, and an ADA-compliant restroom and water fountain is located on the ground floor. Visitors may borrow a wheelchair free of charge from our admissions desk upon arrival on a first come first serve basis, or reserve one by calling 212 501 3013.

Large Print Interpretation

For every exhibition large print interpretation booklets are available for visitors and can be found at the admissions desk.

For Visitors With Hearing Loss

We offer a variety of conversations, talks and exhibition symposia with assistive listening devices. Upcoming events can be found here.

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