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Barrier-free access to both SAAM’s main building and its Renwick Gallery are available. At the main building, ramps are located on either side of the entrance at 8th and G Streets NW. At the Renwick Gallery, a ramp at the corner of 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW leads to an accessible entrance. All areas of both buildings are served by elevators. Service animals are welcome in both museum buildings.


Accessible restrooms are located on all floors of SAAM.

At the Renwick Gallery, accessible restrooms are located on all levels with unisex accessible restrooms on the first floor and basement level.

Wheelchair Availability

Manual wheelchairs are available free of charge in the G Street and F Street lobbies at SAAM. Please ask a security guard.

The Renwick Gallery offers manual wheelchairs at the basement security desk.

SAAM – McEvoy Auditorium

The Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, is accessible by elevator, and contains wheelchair spaces available during performances and lectures.

The auditorium is equipped with an induction hearing loop and T-coil infrared assistive listening system.

SAAM/NPG Visitors’ Guide and Map [PDF]

Smithsonian Institution Accessibility Map [PDF]


Art Signs: Programs in ASL

an image ASL translator during Art Signs programming

Explore our collection through gallery talks in American Sign Language. Deaf gallery guides lead lively conversations on Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings, twice a month. Voice interpretation available.

America InSight Verbal Description Tours

an image of visitors touching model during a verbal description tour

Join a docent-led tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Discover art through rich verbal description and sensory experience. Touch tour components for sculpture may be included. Thursday tours are often followed by live musical performances in the museum’s courtyard, part of the Take 5! series

Art Signs Online Video Series

This video series in ASL explores paintings, sculpture, and abstract works from the collection, presented by our Deaf gallery guides. View the videos at home, or in the galleries on your mobile device. Videos are captioned.

Visit the Smithsonian Accessibility website for access maps, Metro, and parking information.

image of translator signing ASL to visitors infront of Paik's superhighway