The Museum Welcomes All Visitors

The Meadows Museum is committed to making the museum accessible for all visitors. Please note that our efforts to make our website, programs, and museum more accessible are ongoing. If you encounter any accessibility concerns, please contact us at

Museum Accommodations

Any person needing a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in a museum program should contact the Education Coordinator  ( at least one week prior to the program to arrange for the accommodation.

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All ADA-recognized mobility devices are permitted in the museum.

  • Accessible parking is available near both elevators in the Meadows parking garage, directly underneath the museum. If the accessible parking spots on the Museum Visitor side (right gate) of the garage are full, please proceed to the exit, circle around the building, and re-enter the garage on the University side (left gate), where many more are located. Vehicles legally marked as needing accessible parking will not be ticketed.
  • A limited number of manual wheelchairs may be checked out free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis at the visitor services desk.
  • All of the museum’s public spaces are accessible to wheelchair users and those who prefer to avoid stairs.
  • Benches are located throughout the museum galleries.
  • All public restrooms are accessible.
  • Wheelchair-accessible seating where visitors can remain in their wheelchairs or transfer to theater seats is available in Smith Auditorium. Please request this seating when registering for programs in the auditorium.
  • Elevators operate between the parking garage and the museum-entrance level as well as between both gallery floors within the museum.

ASL Interpretation

ASL interpretation is available free of charge for programs and tours. Please give at least one weeks’ notice. All requests will be considered regardless of their timeliness. Email

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) may be checked out for free on a first-come, first-served basis for those attending tours and select other programs. ALDs can be checked out at the visitor services desk.

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Access for Visitors with Vision Impairments

  • With three weeks’ notice, visitors may schedule multimodal tours with trained volunteers. Tours include visual description and opportunities to experience objects through touch, sound, movement, and smell. Touch tours of the outdoor sculpture collection are also available, weather permitting. To schedule, fill out the online form and be sure to indicate your requests in the field provided.
  • Monoculars, binoculars, and other magnifying devices may be checked out for free on a first-come, first-served basis at the visitor services desk.
  • Four pairs of EnChroma glasses for visitors with color vision deficiencies (“color blindness”) are available to check out free of charge at the Visitor Services desk. One pair is sized for children and two pairs are adapted to fit over eyeglasses. Learn more.
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Service Animals

All ADA-recognized service animals are welcome in the museum. Per SMU’s Animals Policy, emotional support, therapy, comfort, or other assistance animals are not permitted in the museum. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Getting Here

The museum is accessible via public transportation.

Access Media

Ideal for visitors on the autism spectrum and those who  benefit from having clear expectations, these documents offer step-by-step guides about what to expect on visits to the Meadows Museum, with photos and simple descriptions.

Social Narrative: Class Visit

Social Narrative: Family Visit


Sunday, June 25, 2017 – Meadows Museum Dallas – Scott Winterrowd, Curator of EducationBetter Living with Nick Carissimi, on KRLD.

Download the transcript


March 31, 2016: Meadows Museum, An Inclusive Art Museum (left)

Access Programs


Reconnections program at Meadows Museum

A program for individuals with early stage dementia and their family members or care partners

This informal three-day program is designed for individuals with early stage dementia, their care partners and family members. Participants will explore the galleries through interactive activities, experiment with different materials to create individual and group projects, and discover works of art through music, dance, literature, storytelling and role play. Light refreshments are served.

Visit our calendar for more information on accessible programs at the Meadows Museum.

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