Plan Your Visit

Where To Find Us

We are based at the Block House on Governors Island in New York Harbor.

Institute for Public Architecture
9 Barry Road 
Governors Island
New York, NY

The IPA operates the only public library on Governors Island, containing publications and periodicals on art, architecture, urban planning and more.

Current Hours:

June 15 – August 25, 2024

Saturday - Sunday: 12pm-4pm
Monday - Friday: closed

Island Map


Unfortunately, our facility is not accessible for visitors using a wheelchair. There are ten steps required to enter the main floor of the building.

A bathroom is available for use by the public during our opening hours.

Class & Group Visits

We’d love to host your class or group for a private visit.
Email to request a visit and learn more.

Getting to Governors Island

Governors Island is a car-free urban park accessible only by ferry. Ferries are available year-round from Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Service from Manhattan operates every half hour from the Battery Maritime Terminal (adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal) in Lower Manhattan. Tickets are required to board. Please see schedules and exceptions here.

Battery Maritime Terminal
10 South Street
New York, NY

The terminal is accessible by these public transit methods:

  • 1 train, South Ferry station
  • R train, Whitehall St station
  • 4, 5 trains, Bowling Green station
  • M15-SBS bus
  • Citi Bike dock adjacent to the terminal

Service from Brooklyn is operated by NYC Ferry on the South Brooklyn route. Tickets are required to board. Please see schedules and ticket information here. During Summer months, additional weekend ferries are available from Red Hook and Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Please see schedules and ticket information here.

Institute for Public Architecture

45 E 20th Street Suite 500
New York, NY 10003

9 Nolan Park
Governors Island, NY