Services for Visitors with Disabilities

Parking and Accessible Entrance

The north fig tree entrance to the Museum is HP accessible. There are six accessible parking spaces in the Natural History Museum parking lot which is located on the east side of the Museum at Village Place and Park Boulevard (to your left off Village Place). There are also four accessible parking spaces in the South Carousel parking lot adjacent to the museum parking lot. The handicap access ramps are located at the northwest corner and the southwest corners of the Museum. 

ASD Mornings

The Museum offers a program for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community: a once-a-month ASD Morning in which the Museum opens early for adults and children on the autism spectrum and their families, friends, and caregivers. Learn more here.

Social Stories Project

In late 2017, theNAT will post social stories visitors can use to help prepare for their visit. We will be co-authoring social stories with high-functioning young adults with autism. This is part of a project funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Learn more about the project here.


Wheelchairs are available for free. Check for availability and request a wheelchair at the Visitor Services Desk at either entrance. The wheelchair is available for use while at the Museum. 

Service Dogs

The Museum welcomes service dogs and their handlers. Service dogs must be on a non-retractable physical leash that is less than six feet in length. Each visitor may only have one service dog.

Assistive Listening System

Request the infrared listening device headsets at the north entrance Visitor Services Desk. The Assistive Listening System is available for lectures and films in the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater.

Note: The escort to a visitor with disabilities is entitled to free General Admission.