Visitor Policies

We have amended our visitor guidelines and regulations to ensure that we are providing a safe environment for all. By visiting in person, you agree to abide by these policies, and the Neue Galerie reserves the right to ask visitors who do not follow these guidelines to leave the premises. Please plan ahead for your visit.


While not mandated, the Neue Galerie recommends wearing a face mask. The Neue Galerie no longer requires proof of vaccination for patrons entering the building during regular museum hours. Proof of vaccination may be required for guests attending certain special programs and events at the museum. As health conditions may change, the Neue Galerie reserves the right to amend its policies, and will communicate updates here.

Please see below for more information. 


The Neue Galerie has a zero-tolerance policy for verbal or physical harassment, discriminatory or threatening behavior, or interference with the experience of others. Visitors are not permitted to enter the building with weapons of any kind. We reserve the right to require that any person acting in an unacceptable or inappropriate manner leave the premises. For the safety of all, please follow the instructions of the Neue Galerie's security team.

Stay home if you are feeling sick. Please do not visit the Neue Galerie if you have a fever or any COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, or have had close contact with anyone who is confirmed or is suspected of having COVID-19.

Face coverings are recommended for all visitors, except infants under the age of 2 and patrons who have been seated for dining in Café Sabarsky. CDC guidelines advise that face coverings should:

  • Reach below the chin, above the nose, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils
  • Fit snugly against the sides of the face

The Neue Galerie encourages vaccination against COVID-19 for all visitors, however, will not be checking vaccination status of patrons during regular museum hours. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be required for patrons attending special events and programs at the museum.

To demonstrate proof of vaccination, one must present 1) proof that they have received the required dose(s) of the COVID-19 vaccine and 2) a valid I.D. Proof of vaccination may include:

Valid I.D. includes your name accompanied by a photograph OR your date of birth, such as:

  • Driver’s license
  • Government I.D. card
  • IDNYC card
  • Passport
  • School I.D. card

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. We cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit to the Neue Galerie. Those visiting the museum do so at their own risk of such exposure.

For more information about COVID-19, check the CDC website.

Please do not touch the artwork, frames, bases, or the cases. 


All guests will be screened by security upon arrival, and all bags are subject to inspection. Each guest is permitted to enter with one bag, which measures no larger than 13″ x 17″ x 4″.

Please note that the following items are not allowed in the galleries:

  • Bags with dimensions larger than 13″ x 17″ x 4″. This includes luggage, larger backpacks, shopping bags, and larger purses
  • Large umbrellas
  • Strollers
  • Weapons
  • Wrapped packages (gifts)

While in the galleries, all guests are required to keep bags sealed, with all personal belongings stowed. Umbrellas, food and drink (including water bottles), liquid hand sanitizer, and other items may not be removed from your bag. Hand sanitizer stations are available for your convenience throughout the building.

The museum offers a complimentary coat check service. At the discretion of Neue Galerie personnel, guests may be requested to stow belongings at the coat check before entering the galleries. The maximum size bag that will be stowed at coat check is 21”x 16”x 10”.

Please note that the Neue Galerie reserves the right to ask visitors who do not follow the instructions of staff and security to leave the premises. 


All four levels of the building are wheelchair accessible; three wheelchairs are available for loan in the museum coat check. These require a companion to push.

The Neue Galerie is accessible to visitors with special needs. For further details, please call +1 (212) 994-9493 or email [email protected].


Infants may be brought into the galleries, provided they are in a carrier or sling on the front of an adult. Children under the age of 12 years old are not admitted, and those aged 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information about why the museum has adopted this policy, please consult our FAQ’s.


Photography is only permitted on the ground floor and lower level of the building.


Talking on your cell phone is not permitted in the galleries. 


Items recovered by Neue Galerie staff will be held at Security on the lower level. To speak directly with the Security department,
please call +1 (212) 994-9497.


Our free English-language audio tour app is available to download on your smartphone through iTunes or Google Play.

Please bring your own headphones in order to tour the galleries with the app.



Single-use printed copies of the audio tour script are available in standard and print at the Admissions Desk upon request.