Access Smithsonian

Inclusive experiences and access for all
mural painted on the steps of the Reynolds center with inspiring quotes about civil rights and access

Access Smithsonian strives to provide consistent, effortless access to the Institution's programs, collections, and facilities.

Visitor resources include:

Responsibilities of Access Smithsonian include:

  • Advising on and implementing policy, practices, and procedures related to access for people with disabilities.
  • Reviewing facility and exhibition designs.
  • Providing technical assistance.
  • Conducting outreach to the disability community and other cultural arts organizations.
  • Providing staff education on disability topics.
  • Working with Smithsonian museums and offices to provide direct visitor services, including sign language interpretation, real time captioning, and alternate formats of publications.

    Our Programs include:

    On select dates, Morning at the Museum offers early admission to a Smithsonian museum or the zoo. Families are also welcome to explore a museum or zoo exhibit on their own schedule. Guided by a Community Advisory Committee, the Smithsonian has developed a series of pre-visit materials designed to help children on the spectrum and their families enjoy a visit to the Smithsonian's museums.

    Learn more about Morning at the Museum

    Project SEARCH Smithsonian was initiated in 2013 to create unpaid internship opportunities to help young adults who have developmental disabilities gain knowledge and skills that can lead to paid employment. This ten- month school-to-work transition program targets job seekers who benefit from total immersion in a business setting. The Project SEARCH model was founded in 1996 at the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center and has been replicated more than 250 times through the U.S. and internationally. Project SEARCH interns participate in daily classroom instruction and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique unpaid internships. Project SEARCH interns can be found working throughout the Smithsonian Institution performing tasks that are valuable to their coworkers and Smithsonian visitors.


    Access Smithsonian (email)
    202.633.2921 (voice)
    Beth Ziebarth, Director
    PO Box 37012
    NMAH 1050, MRC 607
    Washington, DC 20013

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