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 museumaccess@smu.edu.

Museum Accommodations

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

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Mobility

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

  • 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.
  • Accessible parking is available near both elevators in the Meadows parking garage, directly underneath the museum.
  • 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 museumaccess@smu.edu.

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) may be checked out for free on a first-come, first-served basis for those attending lectures in Smith Auditorium, 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, including iPads, may be checked out for free on a first-come, first-served basis at the visitor services desk.
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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: Visiting During a Pandemic

Radio

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

Download the transcript

Video

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

Access Programs

Connections

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.

Reconnections

Connections program at Meadows Museum

 A program for individuals with early stage dementia and their family members or care partners. Held in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Association Memory Café, Greater Dallas Chapter

Individuals with early stage dementia, their care partners and family members are invited to attend this relaxed social gathering. Attendees visit with friends over coffee and light refreshments, explore the galleries, and enjoy an informal gallery activity.

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

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INsights & OUTlooks

Insights and Outlooks program at Meadows

 Acknowledging that every museum visitor possesses a unique set of interests and abilities, this program offers participants multiple ways to engage with and discover works of art, through a variety of multisensory, interdisciplinary activities. The program is designed for adults and students, ages 15 and older.

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