“The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs. Opened in 1910, the green-domed museum on the National Mall was among the first Smithsonian building constructed exclusively to house the national collections and research facilities.”
The museum has an extensive menu of virtual tours exploring the collection, exhibitions and research stations.
"The accessible entrance to the National Museum of Natural History is located on the Constitution Avenue side of the building."
"The Smithsonian does not provide parking, but there are designated accessible spaces around the National Mall."
"Exhibition spaces are accessible to visitors with disabilities. "Video presentations within exhibitions are open captioned. "Induction loops with receivers are available for use at the Rotunda Visitor Information Desk. The Worldwide Theater in the Hall of Human Origins contains an induction loop."
Tours, Programs, and Publications
"Verbally-desribed touch tours designed for visitors with disabilities may be arranged by contacting (202) 633-3611 or NaturalExperience@si.edu.
Large print floor plans, tactile guides, and program calendars are available at the Visitor information Desks.
Tactile objects are provided for all visitors at designated points throughout the Museum. Discovery Room, Insect Zoo, and Q?rius (pronounced 'curious') offer additional opportunities for tactile experiences. Hours may vary.
If you would like to have a sign language interpreter or real-time captioning (CART), you should call (202) 633-3611 or send an e-mail to NaturalExperience@si.edu."
"Service dogs specially trained to assist a person with a disability are welcome in the Museum."
Johnson IMAX¬Æ Theater
"The Johnson IMAX¬Æ Theater is equipped with a multichannel infrared system that provides audio amplification and audio description; Rear Window captioning is also provided within the theater for mission-related films. Ask for assistance at the box office. There is designated seating for wheelchair users and their companions. "
"The Museum has accessible restrooms. Family/companion care restrooms are located on the 1st floor off the Rotunda via the Ocean Hall."General accessibility features:
Mobility accessibility features:
- Assistance animal welcome
- Disabled parking access
- Wheelchair hire available
"The National Museum of Natural History has courtesy wheelchairs that may be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis free of charge for use within the building. The wheelchairs, which are all manually operated, may not be taken outside of the Museum. They are located on the ground floor (Constitution Avenue entrance) under the ascending elevator by the Visitor Information Desk."Vision accessibility features:
Hearing accessibility features:
- Audio description services
- Large print or high contrast menus and other signage
- Hearing loop or infrared assisted listening system