The Arts Center at Governors Island is now closed! Thank you for visiting us during our 2023 public season. We look forward to welcoming you back next year with an exciting lineup of programs and exhibitions!
This year, The Arts Center at Governors Island expanded its offerings by introducing The Arts Center Cafe & Bar. This new addition provided a vibrant and welcoming space for visitors to relax, socialize, and enjoy delicious refreshments amidst the creative atmosphere.
The Arts Center at Governors Island also hosted The Take Care Series, which offered audiences of all ages an opportunity to actively engage in performances, workshops, talks, and other interactive events that embraced ideas of caretaking. This series of free public programs aimed to find artfulness in the everyday by exploring creative practices and community projects that emphasized care for ourselves, our communities, and our planet.
Did you know that The Arts Center at Governors Island is home to working artists all year round? Learn more about our current cohort of artists and The Arts Center Residency here.
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. We look forward to seeing you next year!
Getting to Governors Island
The Arts Center is accessible by ferries to Governors Island departing to and from Lower Manhattan. Ferries operated by the Trust for Governors Island run daily from the Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan. Our building is located to the right of Soissons Landing.
NYC Ferry serves Governors Island daily on the South Brooklyn route, with stops at Sunset Park, Red Hook, Yankee Pier on Governors Island, Atlantic Ave/Brooklyn Bridge Park-Pier 6, Wall Street/Pier 11, DUMBO/Fulton Ferry and Corlears Hook on the Lower East Side.
Tickets must be purchased in advance of boarding and are $2.75 each way or by free transfer from any other NYC Ferry route, plus $1.00 for a bike. Click here for the South Brooklyn Route Schedule.
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 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 email@example.com.
At this time, LMCC spaces are mask-optional.
To request an accommodation based on a medical condition or disability, please email Rosemary DeMarco at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to your visit. LMCC will continue to closely monitor guidelines from Governor Hochul and the CDC as they are released. According to the CDC's Community Level Guidelines, New York is at a Community Level Low.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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
Structural & MEP Engineer
Buro Happold Consulting Engineers PC
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
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