Location and Hours

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
15 East 84th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues)
New York, NY 10028


Our exhibitions are free and open to the public. The gallery hours are as follows:

Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm, Friday 11am-8pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Free Guided Tour, Fridays at 6 pm
Reservations are not required!

We offer assistive listening devices (ALDs) with headphones or a neck loop for tours and gallery presentations.

Visitor Guidelines

We look forward to welcoming you to our galleries! Your health and safety are our top priorities.

  • All visitors must show proof of vaccination and booster against COVID-19 with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine
  • Visitors must also show a valid government-issued photo ID
  • All visitors are required to wear acceptable masks at all times
  • Acceptable masks include: disposable masks (surgical or medical procedure masks); KN95 masks; KF94 masks; N95 masks
  • Masks with one-way valves or vents, cloth masks, bandanas, scarves, and face covering made with other repurposed clothing items are not acceptable (unless being used as a second layer over a disposable mask)
  • Masks must be worn so that they fully cover nose and mouth, and must have a snug fit

For information about NYU’s response to COVID-19, including details of the vaccine and booster policies, visit nyu.edu/coronavirus

Visitors who cannot display their proof of vaccination or comply with the masking policy are welcome to enjoy the digital complement at ritualandmemory.com

Please note that audio recording and photography are not permitted.


The Institute is on the upper east side of Manhattan, just a block from Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are many parking garages near the Institute and the Subway is close by.

The nearest Subway stop is at 86th St. and Lexington Ave., at which the 4,5 and 6 trains stop. The Institute is a short walk from this station. Please see the above map for directions from the Subway to the Institute.


Stools and a wheelchair are available for use at exhibitions in our ground-floor galleries, which are accessible via elevator from the street-level lobby. An ADA-compliant bathroom is available in the basement level, which is also accessible by elevator. Large-print versions of object labels are available in the galleries during exhibitions.

We offer assistive listening devices (ALDs) with headphones or a neck loop for tours and gallery presentations.

If you have questions about the accessibility provisions of our facility, please email isaw@nyu.edu. NYU students seeking a disability accommodation should contact the Henry and Lucy Moses Center for Students with Disabilities at mosescsd@nyu.edu or 212-998-4980. All other requests for disability accommodation should be directed to NYU's Office of Equal Opportunity at 212-998-2375 or 212-998-6807.