The Museum of Science offers a wealth of accessibility features for all of our visitors. Look here for parking and public transportation options, additional services such as sighted guide tours, ASL interpreters, and a list of accessible offerings throughout the Museum.
The vision of the Museum of Science is one where everyone can participate equally in the excitement of science and technology learning. Barriers to access, whether caused by finances, culture, language, education, or ability, can inhibit exploration. The Museum is intent on breaking down these barriers while creating relationships with new audiences.
Please note that requests for interpreters and sighted guides should be made at least two weeks prior to your visit.
Service animals are welcome at the Museum of Science. Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are dogs trained to do work or perform specific tasks for a guest with a disability. Other animals are not allowed in order to protect the health and safety of the animals in the Museum’s care.
Please contact our Science Central team regarding any questions or concerns regarding accessibility for visitors with disabilities.
The Museum of Science is equipped with an assistive listening system to assist visitors with hearing loss. This system amplifies the presentations at all of the Museum’s stages and theaters. Visitors can borrow a receiver and headset, or neck loop, at the Information Desk in the lobby. Equipment must be signed out.
The receivers work in the following locations:
If you have questions, or would like more information about this system, please contact us at email@example.com or 617-723-2500.
Audio labels make printed exhibit label content readily accessible to many who are unable to use print. This can include: people who are blind or low vision, people with print based learning disabilities, pre-readers, English language learners, auditory learners and others.
Audio labels are located on the front, left corner of most exhibit components. This makes them easy to find. Most are shaped like a phone handset. The audio labels are activated by a 1” square button. Some have a second, triangular button allowing one to skip ahead to a different section.
All label content is read by a human narrator. When appropriate, descriptions of images and instructions on how to interact with the component or activity may also included in the audio label.
Museum personnel trained as sighted guides are available to enhance the Museum experience of visitors who are blind or low-vision.
For reservations, please call 617-589-3102 two weeks in advance.
This document provides a description of the physical layout of the Museum of Science. It is intended to assist visitors who are blind or low vision with navigation. It may also be useful to anyone wishing to get an overall sense of the building prior to visiting. The document can be viewed or downloaded here. A Braille copy of this document can be borrowed from the Information Desk, as well.
ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation and CART (Computer Aided Realtime Transcription) are two ways to make live spoken content accessible to visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing. These services can be arranged with at least two weeks' notice, based on availability. Please call 617-723-2500.
The Museum's on-site garage provides hourly parking for approximately 850 cars on a first-come, first-served basis. Museum members receive a discount. Parking is available for visitors with disabilities. Height clearance for the entrance level of the garage is 13’ 9”. Clearance to access floors above the entrance level is 7'4". The entrance level of the garage can accommodate wheelchair lift vans. The garage has an elevator.
As part of the Museum of Science's commitment to environmental sustainability, single use plastic straws are no longer dispensed in the Riverview Café. The Museum of Science also recognizes that straws are necessary for some individuals, and straws will always be available, upon request, from any Café staff member.
For allergen information or questions regarding menu items in the Riverview Café, please contact our café managers: 617 589-3180, firstname.lastname@example.org
The following options are available for select IMAX films:
Receivers and headsets for assistive listening (amplified audio) and audio description (for visitors who are blind or low-vision) are available at the Information Desk in the lobby. A form of ID must be provided to borrow equipment. Reflectors for captioning are available from ushers at the theater entrance 15 minutes before showtime. For quicker service, make a request at the Museum box office when purchasing or picking up tickets. Wheelchair accessible seating is located at the top of the theater.
An assistive listening (amplified audio) system is available for all shows. The receivers and headsets are available at the Information Desk in the lobby. Scripts are available for select shows. Captioning is available for pre-recorded (not live) shows. Please request a caption device from a Planetarium staff member. Planetarium staff will also provide Braille constellation maps and tactile pictures on request. Wheelchair accessible seating is located throughout the Planetarium. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation can be arranged with a minimum of two weeks’ notice, based on availability. Please contact us at 617-723-2500 or email@example.com to arrange an ASL interpreter.
Check the Planetarium schedule for “Soft Lights, Soft Sound” offerings.View schedule and buy tickets
Available in the Museum lobby, the map / guide (PDF) contains a floor plan. A version of this guide is also available in several foreign languages and at the Information Desk.
The Museum has ten adult-sized manual wheelchairs, two pediatric wheelchairs, two bariatric wheelchairs, seven strollers, and five electric scooters (must be 18+ to operate an electric scooter) that guests may borrow for free. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
To sign out a wheelchair, stroller, or scooter, please speak to an information specialist at the Information Desk in the lobby.
Contact a staff member at the Information Desk.
Several defibrillators are located throughout the Museum of Science. Security personnel have been trained in their use.
The Museum of Science strives to provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all visitors. We understand that visitors with neurological conditions and/or sensory processing issues can find busy public places especially challenging. The Museum can provide assistance with pre-visit planning, including information and suggestions tailored to an individual’s needs.
Quieter Times to Visit
WHERE: Red Wing, near the Atrium
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