Accessibility Programs

The Museum offers a variety of specially designed programs for visitors with disabilities and their families. Advance registration is required for all tours, no walk-ins accepted.

Science Sense and Sign Language tours are free for Members or with Museum admission. Discovery Squad tours take place before the Museum is open and are free.

Science Sense Tours (for the blind or partially sighted)

Sign Language Tours (for the deaf or hard of hearing)

Discovery Squad Tours (for children on the autism spectrum)



Visitors who are blind or partially sighted are invited to attend this program, held monthly in the halls of the American Museum of Natural History. Specially trained Museum tour guides highlight specific themes and exhibits, engaging participants through extensive verbal descriptions and touchable objects. Science Sense tours are available to individuals or to groups. 

Email or call 212-313-7565 to register. Registration is required, no walk-ins accepted.

Free for Members or with Museum admission. Programs subject to change. 

Please note: two weeks advance notice is required to request a Science Sense tour on a date that is not scheduled below. 

Upcoming Tours


Scales of the Universe
Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 10:30 am

Nature in Native American Myths and Legends
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 2:30 pm

A World of Fossils
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:30 am

Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 10:30 am



Experience informative, entertaining, and inspiring presentations of permanent and special exhibitions for both deaf and hearing audiences with simultaneously signed and spoken tours.

Email or call 212-313-7565 at least 72 hours in advance. Registration is required, no walk-ins accepted.

Free for Members or with Museum admission. Programs subject to change. 

Upcoming Tours

All tours meet at the entrance to the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals on the first Floor.

Scales of the Universe
Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 12:30 pm

Museum Highlights Tour
Saturday, June 30, 2018, at 12:30 pm

Programs with sign language are intended primarily for the Deaf community. ASL students may attend, but we do not sign attendance sheets.



The Discovery Squad is a unique tour program designed for families affected by autism spectrum disorders. The program was developed in collaboration with the Seaver Autism Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200 (Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm) to register. Registration is required, no walk-ins accepted.

Discovery Squad tours take place before the Museum is open and are free. Programs subject to change.   

On select Saturday mornings from 9–10 am, families can attend a 40-minute tour led by specially trained tour guides, then spend some time exploring the Discovery Room before the Museum opens to the public. Families are invited to stay after the tour and enjoy the Museum when it opens to the public at 10 am.

Tours are open to 5–14 year-olds with autism spectrum disorders. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Children ages 5–9 will discover the dioramas in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, which offers a snapshot of the plants and animals native to North America. They will then plunge into the ocean to explore the dioramas in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.
  • Children ages 10–14 will take a trip through the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth to explore the planet we live on and the forces that create volcanoes, earthquakes, and rock formations.

Upcoming Tours

March 17, 2018 (SOLD OUT)

April 7, 2018 (SOLD OUT)

May 19, 2018 (SOLD OUT)

June 30, 2018

July 14, 2018

August 4, 2018

September 1, 2018


For more information on accessibility at the Museum, including accessible entrances and exits, and a list of additional resources, please visit the Accessibility tab on the Plan Your Visit page.

If you have any remaining questions, please call 212-769-5250 or email