Accommodations For Visitors With Physical Disabilities

Wheelchairs/Wheelchair accessibility
Having wheelchairs available in your museum is an easy way to accommodate those with physical impairments that may not always need to use a wheelchair. Likewise, make sure your institution is wheelchair accessible. Are the hallways wide enough to comfortably fit a wheelchair? Are your restrooms accessible (with automatic doors and accessible stalls) and large enough for a wheelchair to fit in? How tall are the vitrines in your exhibition spaces? Do you have reliable elevators (if applicable) and automatic doors? These are all important questions to address when considering accessibility for wheelchair users.


Physical disabilities are not just limited to people who use wheelchairs. Others may use canes, crutches, or no mobility device, but need to take frequent sitting breaks. Offering ample seating in galleries is an inexpensive accommodation you can provide to make the visitor’s stay more comfortable. Those without physical disabilities will also use this accommodation, which will make the investment in comfortable and sufficient seating even more useful.

It also may be a good idea to indicate seating on maps that you provide online, and indicate how many galleries have seating on your accessibility page.