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10 Accessible Art Museums in the US

#1. The Metropolitan Museum: New York, New York

The Museum is committed to making its collection, buildings, programs, and services accessible to all audiences. The Met Fifth Avenue offers events for visitors with disabilities on a regular basis. The Met Fifth Avenue is accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs. Accessible entrances are located at Fifth Avenue and 81st Street and through the parking garage at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street. Visitors with disabilities may use mobility devices, including manual and electric wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and manually powered mobility aids (such as walkers, canes, and crutches) in all areas open to public pedestrian use. You may also use certain electronic personal assistance mobility devices (EPAMDs) in areas open to public pedestrian use in accordance with Museum guidelines.

Please contact access@metmuseum.org or 212-650-2010 for guidelines and to make a reservation. Visitors may borrow manual wheelchairs (standard and wide) from the coat check at the 81st Street entrance on a first-come, first-served basis. To request an escort for a wheelchair user, contact visitor.assistance@metmuseum.org or 212-570-3711 (two weeks' notice is preferred).Service animals are welcome in the Museum. Assistive listening devices (with headsets or neck loops) are provided at a variety of gallery programs. See the schedule of events for visitors with hearing loss. Individuals can request assistive listening devices (with headsets and neck loops) for other tours and programs. Ask at the Audio Guide Desk in the Great Hall.

Real-time captioning is available for lectures upon request with at least three weeks' notice, subject to the availability of captioners. Contact access@metmuseum.org or 212-650-2010 (voice). Relay and voice calls welcome. American Sign Language interpretation is available free of charge for other Museum events or guided group tours with two weeks' notice, subject to the availability of interpreters. Voice interpretation may be requested for programs in ASL only. Contact access@metmuseum.org or 212-650-2010 (voice).

Relay and voice calls welcome. Large-print label booklets are available for some exhibitions. They can be found in dispensers at exhibition entrances. Listen to the Audio Guide on your smartphone or pick up a player at the Audio Guide Desk in the Great Hall, at entrances to exhibitions, and at Met Store locations throughout the Museum. Audio Guide players are free for visitors who are blind, partially sighted, Deaf, or with hearing loss. Wheelchair-accessible public telephones, as well as telephones with volume control, are located in the Museum.

#2. J. Paul Getty Museum: Los Angeles, California

The Getty Villa is ADA accessible to all visitors. Service animals, such as a guide dog for the blind, are welcome at the Getty Villa. Seating and resting areas are available throughout the site—in the Entry Pavilion, Museum hallways, some galleries, the Outer Peristyle, the Inner Peristyle, the Herb Garden, as well as the Outdoor Classical Theater (the 400-seat amphitheater facing the Museum entrance). For further information, call (310) 440-7300 or TTY (310) 440-7305, or e-mail us at visitor services@getty.edu. For the Blind or Partially Sighted A visual descriptions audio tour offers detailed descriptions of selected works in the Villa's collection for visitors with visual loss and those seeking an in-depth looking experience. GettyGuide® multimedia players are available free of charge in the Atrium on the first floor of the Museum. For Those with Mobility Impairments Accessible parking spaces are located in both Central and South garages and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Security staff can direct you to the closest parking available. Standard wheelchairs are available for free in the Entry Pavilion. Front and rear row wheelchair seating is available at events in the Auditorium and the Outdoor Classical Theater for visitors using wheelchairs and for their companions. Please arrive early to reach this area before programs begin. Visitor Services staff are available to assist you. Accessible facilities are available in all public restrooms at the Getty Villa. Family restrooms, located adjacent to the Museum Store and at the tour bus drop-off area, include private facilities in which you can assist a companion.