Visitor Tips & Museum Policies

COVID Health and Safety Measures

The Museum is reopening its park and garden September 15th and working on reopening the Farmhouse as early as October.

The health and safety of visitors and staff is a top priority. A number of changes have been made to ticketing and operating procedures to promote physical distancing and reduced contact, based on guidance from public health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies.

Timed-Entry Ticket Reservations

The museum is currently CLOSED. When it reopens, timed-ticket reservations will be required in advance.

See Hours and Directions for more information. 

What We’re Doing to Help Keep You Safe


Avoid visiting if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days, or have been in close contact (within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) with someone infected with or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

Wear a facial covering throughout the visit (for all visitors above age 2), remain together with your party, and children under age 12 must remain with adults at all times.

Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet (2m) with others outside your group.

Use hand sanitizer, which will be available at stations throughout the inside of the building when the museum opens.

Follow directions from staff and signage for physical distancing, reducing contact, and other guidelines for use of facilities.

Continue to follow the Museum’s Policies (below).


To promote physical distancing and reduced contact, the following are temporarily unavailable:

Services and Amenities

  • Museum
  • Restrooms
  • Guided Tours
  • Gift Shop
  • Cash Donations

Rooms & Exhibits

Museum is currently CLOSED

Exposure to COVID-19

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Currently there is no vaccine to protect against infection. Although the Museum has taken enhanced health and safety measures, it cannot guarantee that you or members of your group will not be exposed to COVID-19 while at the Museum. 

The cooperation and participation of our visitors in following health and safety protocols and requirements is essential to better ensure that all within the Museum remain healthy and safe. Your adherence and the adherence of anyone in your group (including children) to the Museum’s Policies (below) is mandatory, and noncompliance may result in removal from the Museum.

By visiting the Museum, you voluntarily assume all risks for yourself and minors in your custody and understand that you may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by entering the Museum.


Helpful Hints

* If you are taking the A train, don’t get off at the Dyckman/200th Street stop, although that would seem to make sense!  Get off at the 207th Street station, follow the signs to 207th Street and the farmhouse will just be at the end of the block.

* The farmhouse has narrow passages and low ceilings.  There are numerous stairs both inside the farmhouse and outside in the garden.  Need a better description? Listen to this description from New York Beyond Sight.

* Food and drink cannot be consumed inside the farmhouse.

* Please don’t make or receive calls while in the museum.

* Non-Flash, personal use photography is permissible inside the farmhouse (see further information below.)

* The farmhouse is tiny and does not have coat closets or a bag check.  Small bags may be left at the front desk as space permits. DURING THIS TIME, WE CANNOT HOLD ANY PERSONAL BELONGINGS. PLEASE SEE COVID HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES ABOVE.

* Pets are not allowed within the garden or in the farmhouse. However, helper animals are always welcome.

* Please understand that we must limit the number of people within the farmhouse at once.  When you arrive you may be asked to tour the garden first if there are too many visitors inside. Thank you for understanding!

Groups & Guided Tours


Because of the small size of the farmhouse we cannot accommodate groups larger than 10 during our normal public hours (Please check our hours on the Directions and Hours page) without prior arrangement.  Please contact us for more information.  If you are a group between 10 and 20 in number we will have some weekend options available for self-guided tours.

If you have a group of more than six people and would like to schedule a guided tour of the farmhouse please email or call for further information.

Strollers & Bikes

A bike rack is located just outside our garden at the corner of Broadway and 204th Street.  Please respect our garden and do not bring your bike up – the pathways are narrow and we do not have any space available to secure your bike.  The fences, trees and other property onsite are off limits – PLEASE do not chain your bikes to them.

Strollers are welcome on site but please understand that our pathways are narrow. Neither strollers or scooters are allowed inside the farmhouse.   The farmhouse is tiny and fragile.  Most visitors leave strollers on the front porch.

Photography & Film

Personal photos –  for private, noncommercial use are welcome in the farmhouse and on the grounds.  Inside we ask all visitors to keep their flash OFF.  Inside and out we ask that visitors be respectful of the farmhouse, the garden and other visitors.  So, no props please, no elaborate lighting setups, no tripods, no dangling from trees or climbing on roofs, no costume changes.

We hope you have fun and enjoy the creativity of the site.  However, the museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises if the policies and procedures are not being respected.

Professional Photos, Student Projects, Film Shoots  – Did any of the “no’s” in the above list sound like something you want to do?  Are you charging a client for photos?  Are you a student working on a film project?  PLEASE CONTACT US!  We love projects that appreciate our fabulous site but we must ensure the safety of our visitors and this important structure. Projects like this may not occur during our regular hours and arrangements must be made well in advance.