Accessibility at NMHM

NMHM is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For general access information, call 301-319-3312.


  • NMHM's parking lot contains two accessible spaces for use. The marked spaces are located near the fence line of the parking lot.


  • The museum, its grounds, and parking areas were designed to meet the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act, along with other regulatory guidelines.
  • The museum entrance is a considerable distance from the nearest handicapped parking space so plan accordingly.

Information for visitors with limited mobility:

  • In order to assist those with limited mobility in reaching the museum's entrance, wheelchairs are available via advance request. Call 301-319-3300 to request a wheelchair brought to the car.
  • Wheelchairs and light-weight accessible stools (maximum weight 250 lbs.) are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis from the Information Desk. Return wheelchairs and stools at the end of your visit.
  • NMHM also welcomes personal walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters.
  • NMHM is fully accessible by wheelchair. NMHM galleries and hallways have a limited number of benches in different locations.
  • All museum restrooms are equipped with accessible doors and have fully accessible handicapped stalls.

Information for visitors who are blind or visually impaired:

  • For visitors who are blind or have low vision, a variety of resources are available to borrow at the Information Desk.
  • Braille and Tactile Anatomy Atlas: Individuals interested in learning more about human anatomy may request the Braille and Tactile Anatomy Atlas at the Information Desk.

Information for visitors with hearing loss or who are deaf:

  • Closed captioning is available for all video programs in the museum's exhibitions.
  • ASL Interpretation can be provided for tours or public programs upon request. Requests must be placed at least two weeks in advance of the program.

Service Animals:

  • Service animals are welcome in the museum. Pets are prohibited.