Museum Accessibility Standards

Tactile Model Alcatraz Landing During Testing
Tactile Model Alcatraz Landing During Testing


The American with Disabilites Act extends beyond architecture to include how people will use the architectural environments, including museum exhibits.  Below is a listing of Museum Accessibility Standards and Guidelines

In the USA the National Park Service Guidelines are often used as the highest standard of accessibility compliance.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

NPS Accessibility Guidelines

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessibility

UN International Accessibility Standards


Hearing Loops

Low Vision Apps

Closed Captioning

Universal Design: Process, Principles, and Applications by Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D. 

The Principles of Universal Design by The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

About Mark Walhimer

Mark is Managing Partner of Museum Planning, LLC, a museum planning and exhibition project management firm of interactive educational environments for Science Centers, Children's Museums and Natural History Museums. You can reach Mark at

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