“Through its collections research facilities, state-of-the-art conservation lab, groundbreaking exhibitions, educational outreach and public programs, the museum has expanded the parameters of the field of African art history and presented to the public a rich diversity of artistic traditions from throughout continent.
The museum’s programs target audiences of all ages and offer a multifaceted view of Africa’s artistic traditions by incorporating cutting edge, contemporary and urban-focused performances and programs.”
The public spaces, exhibitions and programs at the National Museum of African Art are designed to be accessible for visitors with disabilities.
Arriving and parking
"Vehicles displaying the international symbol of accessibility may park in the designated parking spaces on Jefferson Drive. Metered parking is also available on Independence Avenue."General accessibility features:
Mobility accessibility features:
- Disabled parking access
- Lift access to all levels
- Wheelchair hire available
"The main entrance to the museum, located on Independence Avenue near the gate to the Enid A. Haupt Garden, is designed to accommodate visitors in wheelchairs and with strollers. All levels of the museum are accessible by elevator."
Wheelchair availability and accessibility
"Wheelchairs are available at the security desk (Independence Avenue entrance) on a first-come, first-served basis. Exhibition spaces and public facilities are accessible by elevator."Vision accessibility features:
- Large print or high contrast menus and other signage
"Exhibition materials in audiocassette, computer diskette and large-print formats are available on request at the information desk.
To request a hands-on object gallery tour, call 202.633.4646 (voice) at least two weeks prior to your visit."Hearing accessibility features:
- Hearing loop or infrared assisted listening system
- Sign language assistance or interpretation services
"If you would like a sign language, oral and cued-speech interpreter for a guided museum tour, please email Vanessa Jones or call her at 202.633.4641. Because the museum does not have interpreters on staff, advance notice is necessary in order to arrange for interpreters.
Assisted Listening Devices are available for tours and public programs. Please ask for a receiver at the Information Desk."
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TTY)
"A TTY for use by visitors is located in the north foyer of the Castle."