ACCESSIBILITY

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATION GUIDES

General Access Guide
Special Events Access Guide

SERVICES

VISITORS WITH AUTISM OR SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDERS

Noise-cancelling Headphones are available for free at the Information Desks of the downtown Raleigh location with a form of identification.

Sensory Map, which identifies sensory-friendly spaces within the downtown Raleigh location.
Sensory Map

Social Stories for what to expect when visiting the Museum are available in English and Español.

Sensory Friendly Night is held annually in May for anyone to enjoy the Museum in a calmer, quieter atmosphere featuring Museum scientists, live animals and their keepers, and a host of other activities.

VISITORS WHO ARE BLIND OR LOW VISION

Beacons provide independent navigation of the Nature Research Center building at the downtown Raleigh location via the BlindSquare Event app.
BlindSquare Event app for Apple devices

NC NatSci Museum app provides a multimedia guide of all downtown Raleigh exhibits and a navigable map that are compatible with accessibility features.
NC NatSci app for Apple devices

Guided Tactile Tours for small groups visiting the downtown Raleigh location. Pre-registration is required at least two weeks prior to desired date.

VISITORS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

Sign Language Interpretation for live presentations and events is available upon request. Requests must be made no less than three weeks in advance with Coordinator of Accessibility and Inclusion David Wood, david.wood@naturalsciences.org.

Assistive Listening Devices are available upon request for visitors who are hard of hearing who are attending live presentations at the downtown Raleigh location.

Movie Transcripts are available for showings in the WRAL 3D Theater at the downtown Raleigh location for free from the Box Office.

VISITORS WITH MOBILITY DISABILITIES

Wheelchairs are available for free at the Information Desks of the downtown Raleigh and Whiteville locations with a form of identification.

Automatic Doors are located at the entrances to the Nature Exploration Center and Nature Research Center buildings at the downtown Raleigh location. Visitors are cautioned that there are currently no automatic doors on the 2nd and 3rd floor bridges that connect the two buildings.

Elevators operate between each level of the downtown Raleigh and Whiteville Museums.

Accessible Seating is available in the WRAL 3D Theater at the downtown Raleigh location for visitors using scooters or wheelchairs.

Accessible Restrooms can be found on every floor at the downtown Raleigh location, where all public restrooms are wheelchair accessible.

PROGRAMS

NATURALIST PROGRAMS

For groups with disabilities or requiring special accommodations, programs are available for free with preregistration on a first-come, first-served basis.

Want to get your hands on specimens and artifacts that are usually behind glass or locked away in collections cabinets? Want to interact with live animals? Why not both! Become a scientist in our Naturalist Programs and meet a selection of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects in the Naturalist Center. Naturalist Programs are best held on Mondays when the Naturalist Center is closed to the public.

Program length: 45-90 minutes.
Maximum group size: This depends on the group, but typically no more than 30 participants.
To register: Contact David Wood, david.wood@naturalsciences.org, 919.707.9819, at least two weeks prior to the desired program date.

GUIDED TACTILE TOURS

For groups with disabilities or requiring special accommodations, programs are available for free with preregistration on a first-come, first-served basis.

Join us in downtown Raleigh at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences for a Guided Tactile Tour of our exhibits, featuring North Carolina’s diverse and beautiful natural habitats and inhabitants. Highlights include great whales, a giant salamander of the Appalachian Mountains, and the "Terror of the South" — Acro the Acrocanthosaurus! Guided Tactile Tours can be facilitated most weekdays during our hours of operation.

Program length: 45-90 minutes.
Maximum group size: This depends on the group, but typically no more than 15 participants.
To register: Contact David Wood, david.wood@naturalsciences.org, 919.707.9819, at least two weeks prior to the desired program date.

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Outreach programs can be tailored to meet the needs of any audiences, including Spanish language speakers, at-risk youth, students and adults with disabilities, pediatric patients and their families, and seniors.

VISITING SCHOOL GROUPS

The Museum can assist with providing guidance and/or accommodations for your school group’s visit. Please allow six weeks’ notice if you are requesting any additional resources for your visit.

EVENTS

STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities

The STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is an annual educational event where attendees meet role models with disabilities who have thriving careers in STEM fields. Students leave with a better understanding of the many professional possibilities available and the inspiration to pursue STEM careers.

SENSORY FRIENDLY NIGHT

Held annually in May for anyone to enjoy the Museum in a calmer, quieter atmosphere featuring Museum scientists, live animals and their keepers, and a host of other activities.

PRAIRIE RIDGE ECOSTATION

All facilities at Prairie Ridge are outdoors. With adequate notice (minimum 72 hours in advance of visit), staff will make reasonable accommodations in all programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability. For more information, please call 919.707.9887, Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm.

With adequate prior notification, Prairie Ridge staff will make every reasonable effort to accommodate individuals with mobility impairments wishing to use the trails.

Any “other power-driven mobility device” that an individual wishes to use must not cause damage to the trail surface and must be able to be safely operated for the volume of visitation currently at Prairie Ridge. For more information please contact Bonnie Eamick, Head of Prairie Ridge Ecostation, at 919.707.8880.

SERVICE ANIMAL POLICY

The Museum welcomes visitors accompanied by service animals and service animals in-training. Pets, however, are not allowed in any of the Museum’s facilities. Due to the nature of our Museum there are certain areas that may have limited access to service animals, and the Museum will work with visitors to provide accommodations in those circumstances. To request a copy of our Service Animal Policy document, or if you have any questions, please contact David Wood, david.wood@naturalsciences.org, 919.707.9819

STAFF

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences strives to make its programs, events, and facilities accessible and inclusive for everyone. For more information or if you have questions, an accommodation request, or need assistance, please contact David Wood, Coordinator of Accessibility and Inclusion, at david.wood@naturalsciences.org or 919.707.9819.