The Museum is fully wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair can also be booked with our security staff for use within the Museum. All exhibits within the Museum can be accessed with a lift available to all levels. There are two lifts within the Museum as follows:
One located in the north-east corner of the Museum, accessible on the ground floor through the World Mammals Gallery
The other located in the south-east corner of the Museum, accessible on the ground floor through the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery.
The Museum established an access program in 2015 and presents a range of accessible programs throughout the year. This includes Auslan and audio described tours.
Listen to some of our Auslan-interpreted mini talks here for a taste of these programs.
The Museum’s Community Programs team is often able to provide access support for visitors outside of the schedule of regular accessible programs. If you are able to give at least two weeks notice of your visit, we aim to offer interpreting, descriptive services or adapted programs wherever possible. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know when you will be visiting and how we can support your visit.
Assistance dogs are welcome at the Museum.
There is a recharge point for electric mobility scooters and wheelchairs in the North foyer. A hearing loop is available in the Museum’s Pacific Cultures Gallery and is available at all events in that space. Accessible toilets are located on the ground floor in the north-east corner of the Museum, accessed through the World Mammals Gallery.
In April 2017 the Museum hosted its first targeted program for children on the autism spectrum and their families. Our autism-friendly family programs take place on Saturday mornings prior to the Museum’s public opening hours, to ensure that visitors can enjoy a calm visit to the Museum. Details of future events will be posted here when they are open for bookings.
The Museum offers accessible tours which combine audio description and tactile elements for blind and vision-impaired audiences. Staff are trained in audio description and work with collection managers to make objects from the Museum’s collections available for handling. Details of future tours will be posted here when they are open for bookings.
The Museum offers Auslan interpreted tours of selected special exhibitions. Details of future tours will be posted here when they are open for bookings. Staff have undertaken introductory Auslan training and, in September 2018, we offered our first ever Auslan-only Museum tours.
There is one accessible parking space behind the Museum which is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. It is accessed through the boom gate on Morgan Thomas Lane (off Kintore Avenue). A valid disability parking permit must be displayed at all times.
The Museum has a social story for general visits which may be useful for individuals with autism. Staff and volunteers have undertaken Autism Awareness Training, and in March 2018, the Museum was declared an Autism Friendly Venue by Autism SA. Child-sized noise-cancelling headphones are available for loan from the Museum’s front desk. We are members of the Companion Card scheme and offer complimentary admission to your companion person to all events and exhibitions.