Programs for Visitors with Disabilities
Blind or Partially Sighted Visitors
Art Beyond Sight
The MFAH offers “Art Beyond Sight” as a gallery program for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Trained gallery educators use verbal descriptions and hands-on materials to engage participants with the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. Visit the calendar for listings. Admission is free, but space is limited, so be sure to preregister. For more information or to sign up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.639.7319.
With at least two weeks’ notice, you may request gallery educators who are trained as sighted guides to enhance the museum experience for blind or partially sighted visitors. Contact 713.639.7319 or email@example.com to submit a request and to determine availability.
Visitors with Alzheimer's or Dementia
Discover and discuss works of art together in the galleries during this hour-long program designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, with their family members or care partners. Looking Together is offered on the second Monday of the month. Visit the calendar for listings and times. Admission is free, but space is limited, so be sure to preregister. For more information or to sign up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.639.7319.
Looking Together programs can be arranged for groups of visitors with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Contact email@example.com or 713.639.7319 for information.
Looking Together is made possible through a partnership between the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter.
Assistance for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Visitors
An ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter can be arranged for any public program with at least two weeks’ notice, depending on availability.
Assistive listening devices are available for use during gallery programs with at least three days' advance notice. Call 713.639.7319 or 713.639.7390 (TTY) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to submit a request for an interpreter or assistive listening device. To request an assistive listening device for lectures, films, and other programs in the Brown Auditorium Theater, speak to any staff person in attendance.
Transcripts of the Guide by Cell Audio Tour for temporary exhibitions are available at the Guest Services desks in the Law and Beck Building lobbies.
Assistance for Visitors with Limited Mobility
Most public areas of the Museum, including the galleries, Cullen Sculpture Garden, Brown Auditorium Theater, Visitors Center, café, and shop are wheelchair accessible. All Beck Building entrances are wheelchair accessible, and the entrance to the Law Building on Main Street is wheelchair accessible. Visitor drop-off and pick-up is possible at the Bissonnet entrance to the Law Building and at a covered passenger drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building.
The MFAH has wheelchairs that visitors may check out free of charge with a valid photo ID. The wheelchairs are available from the bag and coat check rooms in both the Beck and Law Building lobbies and the Visitors Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Motorized wheelchairs are permitted. Elevators are available throughout the Museum.
For more information about the Museum's accessibility and programs for visitors with disabilities, e-mail email@example.com or call 713.639.7300.