As we are fully committed to creating an inclusive environment at the Bell, we are proud to offer the following services or resources:
- Physical design, including: accessible parking close to the building; seating for people using wheelchairs and size-inclusive seating in the Planetarium; accessible bathrooms with adult lift table
- Wheelchairs and walkers available for visitor use
- Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) for use in the Planetarium and other events
- ASL interpreters: The Bell will schedule ASL interpreters as requested by visitors and have scheduled Planetarium shows with ASL interpretation
- Formats for print and electronic materials: ensuring that our printed materials meet large-format specifications or providing supplemental versions
- Sensory-Friendly Saturdays: one Saturday a month the museum will open 2 hours early to welcome visitors with sensory sensitivities to experience the museum in a sensory-friendly environment
- Relaxed planetarium shows: shows specifically designed for individuals who experience uncontrollable vocalizations, or who benefit from a judgement-free environment where everyone is released from traditional expectations about sitting still and staying silent
- Curiosity Memberships and Explore Admissions: these discounted and free offerings increase access for economically-challenged audiences who participate in EBT, medical assistance programs like MinnesotaCare, Section 8 housing programs, WIC, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability, free/reduced lunch programs, Refugee Cash Assistance programs and General Assistance programs
- Free admission for PCAs: The Bell will waive admission fees for personal care assistants who accompany a visitor in the capacity of their job
- Quiet Room: space available for families and individuals with sensory-sensitivities, nursing mothers, mothers who need to pump, as well as a private space for prayer or meditation.
- Gender-neutral bathroom
- Accessible website with full-site translation, changeable font size/contrast settings and social stories/video (coming soon) that provide details on what to expect while visiting our museum for people with anxiety or who are on the autism spectrum
- Language translation for permanent galleries and learning landscapes via audio tours (Coming soon!)
- Approved caterers who can prepare food in accordance with religious dietary restrictions for special events
For additional information or to request an accommodation, please contact the accessibility office at 612-624-4268 or email@example.com.