The Bell Museum strives to be a welcoming and accessible environment for all visitors with disabilities, with programs and rescources designed for a variety of needs.
We invite your feedback on ways to improve accessibility in our current facility, as well as how to ensure we provide state-of-the-art accessibility in our new facility.
To request specific disability accommodations, ASL interpretation for a presentation, or information in an alternative format, please call our accessibility coordinator at 612-626-1897.
- A fully accessible, single-stall, gender neutral restroom is located on the first floor near the museum lobby. The restroom is equipped with a lift table.
- Service animals are allowed within the Museum's galleries and grounds.
- If it is easier for you to visit when there are fewer people in the museum and less background noise—the quietest times of day to visit the museum are between 2:30 pm - 5 pm and on Saturdays after 1 pm.
- Visitors may leave and return as much as they like during a single day. Please check in with the front desk if you are leaving and plan to return later.
- A ramp is located 150 feet SE of our main entrance on Church Street. The accessible entrance is on the SE side of the building.
- A parking spot for visitors with a hang-tag for accessible parking is available at at the rear of the building. Browse this map of the East Bank (pdf) to view other nearby accessible parking facilities.
- All galleries are accessible via elevator.
- We have a wheelchair available for check-out on a first-come first-served basis. There is no charge to use the wheelchair.
Accessibility for Visitors with Developmental Disabilities or Sensory Sensitivities
- The Bell has a variety of tools that can be signed out for use in the museum by leaving an ID at the front desk or Touch and See Desk. Reusable items are sanitized between uses. Items include:
- Visual Timers and Sand Timers
- Noise-cancelling headphones
- Disposable ear plugs
- Weighted lap pads (special thanks to the America Sewing Guild, Minneapolis Chapter)
- There is a "Quiet Space" available in the Touch & See Discovery Room for children.
- Downloadable resources:
- Sensory-Friendly Saturdays