The Arts Center at Governors Island is now closed to the public. We look forward to welcoming you to The Arts Center in 2022!

Thank you for visiting The Arts Center at Governors Island. Our public season is closed, but The Arts Center is home to working artists all year long. For more information about our Artist Residency programs at The Arts Center and how to apply for a residency please visit.


Visit The Café at The Arts Center on Monday–Sunday, from 10am–4pm.

We are conveniently located on Governors Island and accessible by a short eight-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan to Governors Island. Once at Governors Island, we are a one-minute walk from Soissons Landing ferry pier.


The Arts Center at Governors Island (map)
110 Andes Rd
New York, NY 10004

The Café at The Arts Center at Governors Island
Operated by Joe Coffee
Monday–Sunday, 10am–4pm


Health & Safety

In accordance with the Key2NYC Executive Order, visitors seeking access to The Arts Center are required to comply with this order, and must show proof of vaccination. See below for more information about LMCC’s updated Health & Safety Policy.

Getting to Governors Island

From Manhattan

The Arts Center is accessible by ferries to Governors Island departing to and from Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our building is located to the right of Soissons Landing.

From Brooklyn

Ferries to Governors Island operate from Brooklyn at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Red Hook on a regular schedule throughout the public season. 

For complete ferry schedules and directions to ferry terminals, visit the Governors Island website. Ferry tickets must be reserved in advance. All ferries are wheelchair-accessible.

Our building is accessible on the first floor entrance located next to Soissons Landing. Second floor access is available via the elevator on the first floor. 


Accessible restroom facilities and an elevator are located on the first floor. 

Service Animals

Service animals are permitted in the cafe, galleries and artist studios.

For Visitors with Low Vision

The visitor guide is available in large print. Please ask a Visitor Engagement staff member if you would like to receive a copy. 

LMCC Visitor Engagement staff are available on site to answer any additional questions about accessibility.

Getting to Governors Island

All ferries going to and from Governors Island, as well as the grounds of the island itself, are accessible for all. For more information about transportation to Governors Island, visit the Trust for Governors Island website. 

For further information about accessibility needs, or to let us know how we can provide a welcoming experience, please contact us at 212-219-9401 or email us at

LMCC is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all of our staff, artists, and visitors.

In response to the increasing spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant and in accordance with the Key2NYC Executive Order, visitors seeking access to The Arts Center, including the Café, the gallery exhibitions, and public programs such as The Take Care Series and Open Studios, are required to comply with this order, and must show proof of a completed FDA or WHO vaccination starting Thursday, August 19, 2021. LMCC staff that interface with the public must also comply with this order, which requires they show proof of a completed FDA or WHO vaccination.

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes:

If you received the vaccine outside the U.S., you must have an official immunization record that includes:

  • First name and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Vaccine product name (only vaccines authorized by the WHO are acceptable)
  • Date(s) administered
  • Site where the vaccine was administered, or name of the person who administered it

Individuals under the age of 12 may enter Key2NYC establishments without displaying proof of vaccination so long as they are accompanied by a legal guardian and wear a face mask, except when eating and drinking, whenever they are unable to maintain six feet of social distance from other people.

Until September 12, 2021, LMCC will accept a 72-hour negative PCR test or 24-hour negative rapid test as an alternative to entry for individuals in need of a special accommodation. 

After September 13, a negative test result will no longer be accepted as an alternative and all individuals onsite ages 12 and up will be required to show proof of at least one vaccine dose as per the Key2NYC Executive Order.

To keep staff, artists, and visitors safe, we also ask that if your answer is yes to any of the following questions, that you please stay home and reschedule your visit:

  1. In the past 10 days, have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever of 100.0 degrees F or greater, a new cough, new loss of taste or smell or shortness of breath AND have not received a negative COVID test?
  2. In the past 10 days, have you tested positive for COVID-19?
  3. In the past 10 days, have you had close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 AND are not vaccinated?

When visiting The Arts Center at Governors Island, please keep a distance of 6 feet (or 2 meters) between yourself and other visitors. Visitors are required to wear a mask inside The Arts Center at Governors Island at all times.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Arts Center at Governors Island!


The Arts Center at Governors Island is welcome to all. We ask that children under 12 are accompanied by an adult at all times. 


Bikes are permitted on ferries. Please park your bikes in the racks located in front of the lower level entrance of the Arts Center.

Food and Drink

We ask that you please refrain from eating or drinking in the galleries. Water in sealed containers may be brought into the galleries. Food and drinks are permitted in the cafe.


For groups of 10 or more interested in visiting the Arts Center at Governors Island, please contact Jasmin Tabatabaee at

Personal Belongings

LMCC is not responsible for missing belongings. There is no area for checked bags. Please plan your visit accordingly.


Non-flash, personal photography is welcomed in the Lower Level and Upper Level Galleries. Commercial and press photography requests should contact Sophie Lam at

Please note that visitors may be filmed/photographed. By visiting The Arts Center you grant the LMCC full rights to use for promotional and archival purposes. Please inform the photographer or staff member if you do not wish to have your photo taken.


Strollers are permitted in the cafe and studios. Stroller access may be limited in areas with fragile sculptural elements. Under these circumstances, strollers can be left at the exhibit entrance.

Service Animals

Service animals are permitted in the galleries, cafe, and studios. 

Part of the ongoing transformation of New York's Governors Island into a vibrant cultural destination, this adaptive reuse of an 1870s munitions storage warehouse supports local artists while providing generous space for public exhibition and events.

To accommodate LMCC's programs, the design called for opening up the interior of the long and narrow two-story building and exposing and restoring the original truss structure, creating 40,000 square foot of flexible, loft-like space. The Arts Center includes a luminous main gallery on the upper level. Smaller rooms for performance, rehearsal, and exhibition as well as art studios arrayed on both levels enjoy abundant natural light. A new stair and elevator allow for integrated, accessible programming, and a cafe framed by an exposed-brick wall offers views of Lower Manhattan and the harbor. In addition to retaining much of the brick, wood, and steel from the existing building, the renovation incorporates energy-efficient systems throughout.

Lead Design Firm
Pei Cobb Free & Partners

Executing Architect
Adamson Associates 

Structural & MEP Engineer
Buro Happold Consulting Engineers PC

Recent Awards

AIANY Design Award - American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York, 2021

Winner, Cultural Projects, Global Design Awards - The Architecture Community

American Architecture Award - Society of American Registered Architects, New York Council 2020 

American Architecture Award - Chicago Athenaeum, 2020

Award of Merit, Cultural/Worship - Engineering News Record New York, 2020

Interested in hosting a private event at the Arts Center at Governors Island? Complete the form here.

For any additional questions about rentals, contact Alice Bennahmias, Partnerships Liaison at

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