Travel to the Museum
Q: Where is the Museum located? How do I get there?
A: The Museum is located in lower Manhattan at 36 Battery Place in Battery Park City, Manhattan. The best way to get downtown is by public transportation. View detailed directions.
Q: What subways and buses are closest to the Museum?
A: By Bus:
M5 to South Ferry
M15 to South Ferry
M20 stops in front of the Museum
R to Whitehall or Rector Street
4, 5 to Bowling Green
1 to Rector Street or South Ferry
View detailed directions.
Q: Is there parking available?
A: The Museum offers a $4 discount on parking at four nearby garages. Visitors should present their parking ticket at the coat check in the lobby to receive validation. See garage locations.
In the Museum
Q: Are strollers permitted?
A: Strollers are allowed in the galleries at the discretion of management.
Q: May I bring children to the Museum?
A: The galleries on the first and third floor of the Core Exhibition (Jewish Life A Century Ago and Jewish Renewal) are appropriate for children of all ages, as is the award-winning Voices of Liberty. For the galleries on the second floor (The War Against the Jews), we advise adults to preview the exhibition and use discretion before bringing children under 12. Learn more about family activities and our Family Guide.
Q: Do you have an audio tour?
A: An audio tour narrated by Meryl Streep and Itzhak Perlman is available for $5 at the admissions desk. Translated versions of the tour are available in Spanish, Russian, and Japanese. The length of the audio tour varies according to the visitor's preferences. The full length of the audio tour is 1.5 hours. Visitors also have the option of exploring several galleries in greater depth, which could add up to an additional 1.5 hours to the tour.
Q: May I take pictures in the galleries?
A: The use of photography is not permitted in the galleries of the Museum.
Q: How long does it take to go through the Museum?
A: The average time to go through the Core Exhibition is 1.5 - 2.5 hours, but it differs depending on the preference of the individual. Special Exhibitions vary in size.
Q: Why are the galleries kept cool?
A: The galleries are kept quite cool to reduce humidity and protect the artifacts, and therefore we suggest that visitors bring a sweater to the Museum.
Q: Is there a place in the Museum to check my bags?
There is a coat and parcel check in the Museum lobby. You are required to check your bags.
Q: May I eat in the Museum?
A: No outside food or beverages are allowed to be consumed in the Museum. The Museum’s Heritage Café is kosher and open for snacks and lunch.
Q: Is there a Museum gift shop? Can I shop online?
A: Our Pickman Museum Shop has an extensive offering of books, DVDs, and CDs, as well as beautiful and distinctive gifts for any occasion. Stop in or visit the online shop.
Q: Can the Museum be rented for private events?
A: Yes, the Museum’s unique facilities—including an events hall and theater—are perfect for galas, receptions, conferences, weddings and other life cycle events, and more. See photographs and specifications. For more information, contact Rachel Heumann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646.437.4206.
In the Area
Q: Are there places to eat in or near the Museum?
A: A: The Museum’s Heritage Café offers a range of kosher gourmet items for lunch or a snack. The café serves dairy items, and all dishes are carefully prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary laws. The café is certified Cholov Israel by the Orthodox Union.
In addition, there is a variety of restaurants near the Museum.
No outside food or beverages can be consumed in the Museum.
Q: Are there other things to see and do near the Museum?
A: You can explore an abundance of cultural and historic attractions that together tell the tale of New York’s rise to become the first modern city in the New World and its dynamic present. A few highlights include the Skyscraper Museum (directly across the street from the Museum), Battery Park and the embarkation points for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum, the Financial District and Museum of the American Indian (three blocks away). The World Trade Center site, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and Tribute WTC Center are five blocks north of the Museum…and much more.
Donating to the Collection
Q: My family has donated material to the Museum. How do I find it?
A: Artifacts in the Museum collection rotate on and off exhibit. Only a small portion of our collection is on exhibit at any one time. To find out if your artifact or photograph is on exhibit, please contact Esther Brumberg, Senior Curator of Collections, at email@example.com or 646-437-4248.
Q: How do I donate an artifact to the Museum?
A: Please read about the types of items that the Museum collects.