Website Accessibility

The Smithsonian Institution wants its Web site to be accessible to the widest possible audience. We make every effort to be compliant with the Section 508 and W3C accessibility guidelines. At present, this website:

  • has descriptive text equivalents for all images and graphics
  • can be successfully read with screen readers
  • can be read and navigated with text-only browsers.

If you are a person with a disability and are experiencing difficulty accessing materials on our website you may contact (888) 783-0001 to request materials in alternate formats. If you have any questions regarding the website, please email the webmaster at


Internet Explorer and Modern Browsers:

If you wish to change the size of the text, the font, or the background colors and/or graphics, modern browsers have controls that will allow these adjustments. Please see the Help menu on your browser for instructions.

Adobe Acrobat PDF Files:

PDF format is used to preserve the content and layout of our hard copy publications. People using screen-reading devices may read documents in PDF by downloading the standard Adobe Acrobat Reader, or if they have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Professional (or Standard).

Additional Information on Accessibility