Facility Access Information

Café / Restaurant
Café/Restaurant is wheelchair accessible
Segways Allowed
Service Animals
Visitor Information Desk
The following items are available. Please ask for them at the information desk
Large-print floor plans
Braille/tactile floor plans
Large-print brochures
Braille brochures
Staff members trained in sighted guide technique
A staff member who knows American Sign Language (ASL)
Tours and Scheduled Programs
Our Access Programs Use
Verbal Description Tours
Touch Tours
ASL Tours
Original touchable objects
Touch objects (replicas, facsimiles, props)
Verbal descriptions
Hands-on classroom activities
Theaters, Auditoriums, Video Installations
Theaters and Auditoriums
Induction loop assistive listening system
Qualified ASL interpretation is available upon request
Rear Window Captioning (RWC) is available
Information about Programs and Upcoming Exhibits
You can find out about our regular and accessible programs from
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Introduction to the National Museum of Natural History 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. Whether looking at the history and cultures of Africa, describing our earliest Mammalian ancestor or primate diversity around the world, examining ancient life forms including the ever popular dinosaurs, or exploring the beauty of rare gemstones such as uniquely colored diamonds, the Museum’s temporary and permanent exhibitions serve to educate, enlighten and entertain millions of visitors each year.