Accessibility

The Museum of Chinese in America is committed to making its collection, buildings, programs, and services accessible to all audiences.

 

For more information and questions about how we can accommodate your specific needs, call (917) 484-4147 or email access@mocanyc.org

 

Arriving

The Canal Street 6 subway station is accessible: Elevators at northeast corner (for northbound service) and northwest corner (for southbound service) of Canal Street and Lafayette Street. Passageway to other routes (N, R, Q, J, Z) are not accessible.

We are also off the M9, M15, M103 bus lines. 

 

For more accessible stations in the MTA network, visit the MTA Guide to Accessible Transit.

 

Limited Mobility

The Museum is accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs. A wheelchair-accessible entrance to the Museum is located at 215 Centre Street. Wheelchairs are available free of charge, to reserve or request an escort for a wheelchair user in the Museum (advanced notice is preferred), call (855) 955-MOCA or email access@mocanyc.org.

 

Restrooms are located at the basement level and are wheelchair accessible.

 

Social Narrative & Preparing For Your Visit
Children on the Autism Spectrum who visit the museum can familiarize themselves with the exhibits and services independently by utilizing our Social Narrative that provides an easy-to-understand and comprehensible description of the museum. Please Click Here.

 

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Written transcripts of select video core portraits and oral histories from the exhibition are available. Assistive Listening Devices (headset only) are also available for public gallery and walking tours. To obtain a headset, please ask the front desk when you register or the educator leading your tour. With advance booking, we can also accommodate private tours for up to 20 visitors with Assistive Listening Devices. Please email access@mocanyc.org for reservations.

 

ASL interpreters may be requested for programs and tours, as well as private ASL-interpreted tours. At least two weeks' notice is required. Please contact access@mocanyc.org.

 

Blind or Low Vision

Visitors may schedule a free guided tour with an educator to explore our core exhibition through select artifacts and objects in the Museum's teaching collection. Detailed descriptions, tactile/touch objects, and exhibit architecture are integrated throughout the gallery tour. Large print guidebooks and exhibit labels are also available at the front desk. Please email access@mocanyc.org or call (917) 484-4147 at least two weeks in advance to schedule a tour. 


Note: Lighting in the core exhibition and galleries may be dimmed to protect the objects and artifacts on display.

 

Family Programs

Our Saturday drop-in program, MOCACREATE welcomes families and children with developmental or learning disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. Children and adults with a range of abilities and learning styles can enjoy multisensory workshops that include tactile opportunities and art-making activities. MOCACREATE explores a new theme every month! Free with museum admission, click here for more information. 

 

School or Community Groups

Our tours and educational programs are modified to meet the needs of your group. To schedule a group visit and to request accommodations and services (at least 4 weeks advance notice recommended), please call (917) 484-4147 or email education@mocanyc.org. Examples of offerings include:

  • Enhanced sensory tours for students with developmental or learning disabilities
  • Modified school programs
  • Workshops for individuals with developmental or learning disabilities
  • Verbal Description/Touch Tours
  • Large Print and Visual Aids
  • Assistive listening devices
  • American Sign Language interpretation