Accessibility for Visitors

The Smithsonian Museums are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Some of the features include:

  • Accessible facilities and at least one entrance that is accessible to visitors with limited mobility. View our Accessibility Map (PDF) for accessbible entrances, parking, and more.
  • Free manual wheelchair loans available at every museum in Washington, D.C., and the National Zoo on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Open captioning of exhibition videos and audio description incorporated into some exhibitions.
  • Tactile elements included throughout the museums. Tactile and/or verbal description tours can be arranged by contacting a museum; two weeks advance notice is appreciated. For details, visit the museums' websites below.
  • Sign language interpretation for scheduled tours can be arranged by contacting the museum; two weeks advance notice is appreciated. For details, visit the museums' websites below.
  • Access services for public programs can be arranged by contacting the museum in advance. For details, visit the museums' websites below.
  • IMAX movies shown during regular museum hours of operation offer assistive listening devices, audio-description and rear-window captioning. For details, view our IMAX Theater and Planetarium Accessibility FAQ.
  • The Smithsonian Guide and Map is available in Braille onsite at the museum information desks. A large print version (PDF) of the Guide and Map is available online and onsite at museum information desks.
  • Resources for visitors with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities are available online.

Museum-specific Information

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What is the Smithsonian?

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Preparing to visit the Smithsonian

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How to enter the Smithsonian museums

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Making choices at the Smithsonian

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What is an exhibit?

Contact Us

Access Smithsonian strives to make all visitors feel welcome by providing consistent, effortless access to the Institution's programs, collections, and facilities. For more information on accessibility policies and programs call 202.633.2921 or email access@si.edu.