Accessibility

Mobility

Wheelchairs:  The museum entrance faces the Hudson River and has both stairs and a handicapped ramp. The museum offers exhibit galleries on two floors, both of which are accessible by stairs and a new elevator. MHCM has an adult-sized wheelchair available for guests with mobility restrictions. Please call ahead to request the wheelchair for your visit: (845) 471-0589.

Strollers:  Space is limited inside the museum and we suggest that you leave strollers in your car when possible.

Special Needs

General:  Our exhibits are designed to be accessible for young children with a wide variety of needs.  Please note that our exhibits are sized for young children’s bodies and are generally not be suitable for adults with disabilities.  We welcome the opportunity to speak with you in advance of your visit about whether our exhibits and learning spaces are suitable for your situation.  Please call Peter Jacobsen, Director of Education at (845) 471-0589 ext 17 or email PJacobsen@mhcm.org.

Autism Support:  MHCM is proud to offer monthly Sensory Hours for families with young children (ages 0-8) with autism.  Developed in partnership with Anderson Center for Autism, Sensory Hours invite families with sensory integration challenges to explore MHCM and its exhibits in a modified environment with reduced sound, designated quiet spaces, extra visual signage and sensory aids.  Sensory Hours are offered on the second Sunday of each month from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  View Calendar.

Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals

Service Animals:  MHCM complies with all ADA requirements and accepts service animals in the museum as defined in the ADA 2010.  Types of Service Dogs may include, but are not limited to:

Guide Dog
Mobility Aid Dog
Seizure Alert Dog
PTSD Dog
Hearing Alert Dog
Diabetes Alert Dog
Migraine Alert Dog
Narcolepsy Alert Dog
Seizure Response Dog
Psychiatric Service Dog

Emotional Support Animals:  MHCM does NOT allow Emotional Support Animals (ESA) on site. Emotional Support Animals or Comfort Animals are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, are not considered service animals under the ADA.  Types of Emotional Support Animals may include, but are not limited to:

Companionship animals
Animals to relieve loneliness
Animals to help with depression
Animals to help with anxiety
Animals to help with certain phobias