Indiana Museum Accessibility

by Nikol P on January 11, 2010

Museums are great place to hit up when vacationing in a large city or when you want something to do within your own community (and you can visit a lot of them for free!)   They are a wonderful resource for history, art, science, and more.  Schools will often take field trips to museums as a fun and educational break from the classroom that gives their students a unique perspective.

Museum patrons studying artwork

Museum patrons studying artwork

I’ve researched some popular museums in Indiana and dug up what information I could find on their accessibility.  It’s always a good idea to know what is available to you before making the trip!

Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) offers several accommodations for patrons with disabilities, most of which are readily available while some require a few weeks’ notice.  Some of these accommodations include American Sign Language interpreters for tours, open captioning in gallery videos, large print binders for exhibitions, elevators, curb cuts, and automatic doors.

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

At the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, they warn the public that not all of their exhibits are wheelchair friendly due to the nature of making the historic areas authentic to the 19th century.  However, their Welcome Center is completely accessible and they claim that if you cannot access a building, they will “bring the experience to you.”  You can download a map showing accessibility points here.

The Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has accessible bathrooms and sidewalks.  Most of the exhibits are accessible, and wheelchairs can be checked out for the day.  Sign Language interpreters are made available for performances at the Lily Theater.  Read about more of their disability services here.

Indianapolis Art Center

The Indianapolis Art Center’s accessibility page describes its facility as a one story building equipped with an ADA approved ramp and automatic doors.  The parking lots are both accessible, and even the water fountains can be reached by people who use wheelchairs.

Click here for a complete list of Indiana museums.

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