These U.S. museums prioritize accessibility — here's what you can expect on a visit to each one.

Visiting a museum should be a vacation activity option available to all. That's why it's essential for these cultural institutions to prioritize accessibility.

"Museums have made great strides in recent years to become accessible and meet the needs of visitors with disabilities," Miriam Eljas, the co-founder and CEO of, told Travel + Leisure, noting many offer programming for guests who use wheelchairs, and who need audio or visual assistance. "In general, most museums — especially those built more recently — are all accessible to some degree, but there are some that go above and beyond with specific features, offerings, and events, including sensory days."

Ready to explore? Here are some of the most accessible museums in the U.S. and what to expect during your visit.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: Bentonville, Arkansas

Address: 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, Arkansas

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is entirely wheelchair accessible and offers programming for visitors with other disabilities, from sign language interpretation tours each month to free audio tours, and also offers "Creative Connections" programs for those with early-stage Alzheimer's or dementia. The museum features a family access night (which includes free gallery tours, studio art activities, and performances) and offers a free summer day camp for neurodiverse and neurotypical children. The museum also has EnChroma glasses on hand for colorblind visitors.


Posted on Dec. 4, 2022, by Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure