Barrier-free access to both SAAM’s main building and its Renwick Gallery are available.

At SAAM, ramps are located on both sides of the 8th and G Streets NW entrance. If you are using MetroAccess Paratransit, please use 800 G Street NW as the address for our building.

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.

Aira Access

The museum is a location for the Aira Access mobile information and verbal description service. Visitors can download the free Aira app on a smartphone, connect to the museum's free Wi-Fi, and use the app to speak to an Aira agent using minutes provided courtesy of the Smithsonian. Visit Aira Access


Art Signs: Programs in ASL

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.

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. 

America InSight: Verbal Description Tours

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

See Me at SAAM: Programs for Visitors with Memory Loss

See Me at the Smithsonian American Art Museum is a gallery program to enhance the well-being of individuals with dementia and their care partners by experiencing and discussing art in a small group. Registration required, please e-mail or call (202) 633-2921.

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