Blue skies over the main entrance of the new Bell Museum.

Accessibility

Museum Accommodations

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 crfrey@umn.edu