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Accessibility at the Museum


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The American Museum of Natural History is committed to ensuring that its facilities, exhibitions, and services are accessible to all individuals, including those with disabilities.

Caregivers accompanying visitors with disabilities receive free Museum admission.

  • All of the Museum's exhibitions are accessible by wheelchair, and all public floors of the Museum can be reached by elevator. Public elevators near the Central Park West and 77th Street entrances and those in the Rose Center are equipped with Braille signage and give auditory signals.
  • All theaters include wheelchair locations and companion seats. The LeFrak Theater also is equipped with chairs that have swing-out armrests for those wishing to sit in a theater seat.
  • All food service areas are accessible by wheelchair, with no steps, turnstiles, or other potential obstructions.
  • Service animals are welcome to visit the Museum. Please note: to protect our live butterflies, visitors with service animals must answer a few simple questions before entry to the Butterfly Conservatory is permitted.
  • Strollers are welcome throughout the Museum, except in the LeFrak and Hayden Planetarium theaters, and in The Butterfly Conservatory.
    • The recommended Museum entrance for strollers is 81st Street/Rose Center for Earth and Space.
    • Double strollers are not typically permitted in the special exhibition galleries due to space constraints. Where strollers are not permitted, stroller parking is provided. 
    • Coat check will accept collapsible strollers, room permitting.
  • Visitors can use the Museum’s free Explorer app to find routes that include elevators. Choose the accessible route and receive turn-by-turn directions.

The Museum is a top field trip destination in New York City and hosts school field trips for students with disabilities. For more information, email [email protected].


Contact Us

If you have any questions about accessibility at the Museum or would like to request an accommodation, please contact us at [email protected] or 212-769-5250. In addition, if the format of any material on the Museum’s website interferes with your ability to access that material, please contact us for assistance. 

In order for us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please provide information about the best way to contact you. 


Please click on the tabs below to obtain details about Museum facilities, resources, tours, and programs.



Discovery Squad Tours

Website Accessibility

The American Museum of Natural History is also committed to making its website accessible to individuals with disabilities, consistent with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. For more information on the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines, please visit the Web Accessibility Initiative.

Support for accessibility initiatives at the American Museum of Natural History has been provided by the Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation.