“The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere past, present, and future‚ through partnership with Native people and others. The museum works to support the continuance of culture, traditional values, and transitions in contemporary Native life.”
Arriving and Parking
"Visitors with vehicles displaying the international symbol of accessibility may park in the two spaces available for this purpose located adjacent to the museum on the northeast corner of Jefferson Drive and Fourth Street, S.W. Additional metered parking surrounds the building on all sides."
Smithsonian Accessibility Program
"The Smithsonian's Accessibility Program supports the Smithsonian in making all visitors feel welcome by providing consistent, effortless access to the Institution's programs, collections, and facilities."General accessibility features:
Mobility accessibility features:
- Disabled parking access
- Level or ramp access to front entrance
- Lift access to all levels
- Wheelchair hire available
"Both entrances to the museum have ramps to accommodate visitors in wheelchairs and with strollers. All levels of the museum, including exhibition spaces and public facilities, are accessible by elevator.
Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis at both entrances."Vision Information:
"A Braille ATM is available near the entrance to the Mitsitam Cafe."Hearing accessibility features:
- Hearing loop or infrared assisted listening system
- Sign language assistance or interpretation services
Sign Language Interpretation
"If you require a sign language, oral, or cued-speech interpreter or Realtime captioning for a museum tour or event, contact NMAI Group Reservations at least three weeks in advance of your visit, explaining as specifically as possible the services you will need.
For example, if you want an ASL interpreter rather than a PSE or Signed English interpreter, share that information with staff. Because the museum does not have interpreters on staff, advance notice is necessary in order to arrange for outside interpreters."
Closed Captioning and Assistive Listening
"The Lelawi Theater on the museum's Fourth Level is a unique visitor experience. Visitors may check out a hand-held captioning device from the Visitor Services usher. The device sits in your lap and digitally displays film captions.
The Rasmuson Theater on the museum's First Level, often the venue for symposia, as well as movies and the performing arts, is equipped with an assistive listening system. Ask at the Welcome Desk for a receiver with a neckloop or headset attachment."