Accessibility & Programs

Supporting our diverse community

Access Programs

The Nelson-Atkins offers customized experiences to fit the needs, abilities, and interests of people with disabilities.

Access Programs include tours and customized art classes for groups as well as walk-in tours with American Sign Language interpreters and public events such as Deaf Cultural Day.



Most public areas in the museum are wheelchair accessible. The parking garage and museum lobby are fully ADA accessible with direct access from the garage.

Rozzelle Court Restaurant and the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park are partially wheelchair accessible.

Wheelchairs are available at Coat Check on the Lobby Level of the Bloch Building. These are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are available in the Bloch Building.

A cart is available to take visitors from the Info Desk to the galleries at the south  end of the Bloch Building and back. The cart is not wheelchair accessible.

What to Expect

Due to the light sensitivity of many works of art, some galleries require low lighting.

Some galleries may feature security alarms, or works of art or interactives that include ambient sound.

Backpacks must be worn on the front or on one shoulder. Free bag and coat checks are available in Bloch Lobby. Exceptions are made for medically necessary devices.

Portable stools can be found in galleries for your convenience. They weigh 3.75 pounds and can be carried from gallery to gallery.

Service dogs are welcome anywhere in the museum.


Quiet Spaces

The museum is busiest on weekend afternoons and during large public programs. Check the calendar to help plan your visit.

Quiet spaces include the fountain area next to the Educator Resource Center or the Lens 2 Mezzanine just up the ramp from the Info Desk in Bloch Lobby.

Sound-blocking headphones are available at the coat check counter in the Bloch Building.

Additional Resources

Social Stories/Narratives
Guides are directed toward school age children on the autism spectrum whether they are coming for a tour, an art workshop or a visit with their families.

Family | Tour | Workshop

Communication aid cards are available at the coat check counter in the Bloch Building. FM assistive listening devices are available for programs in Atkins Auditorium.

Contact us to schedule a sign language interpreter at 816-751-0441 or send an email to . Please allow two weeks’ notice to schedule an interpreter.