ACCESSIBILITY

Services Available

  • Wheelchairs in downtown Raleigh and Whiteville buildings.
  • NC NatSci Museum app for Apple devices. Provides a multimedia guide of all downtown Raleigh exhibits as well as a navigable map that allow visitors with vision loss or blindness, those who are hard of hearing or deaf, those with learning disabilities, as well as the general public, an enhanced Museum visit. Museum Guide iOS app on iTunes
  • Assistive Listening Devices for visitors with hearing loss attending live presentations iat the downtown Raleigh Museum.
  • Guided Tactile Tours for small groups of visitors with disabilities in the downtown Raleigh Museum. Pre-registration required.
  • American Sign Language and Deaf-Blind interpreters are available upon request. Requests must be made no less than three weeks in advance with the Accessibility Program Specialist.
  • Sensory Map to identify sensory-friendly spaces within the downtown Raleigh Museum. Download the PDF guide.

Programs

Naturalist Programs

For groups with disabilities or requiring special accommodations, programs are available for free with pre-registration on a first-come, first-served basis.

Want to get your hands on specimens and artifacts that are usually behind glass or locked away in collections cabinets? Want to interact with live animals? Why not both! Become a scientist in our Naturalist Programs and meet a selection of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects in the Naturalist Center. Naturalist Programs are best held on Mondays when the Naturalist Center is closed to the public.

Program length: 45-90 minutes.
Maximum group size: This depends on the group, but typically no more than 30 participants.
To register: Contact David Wood, david.wood@naturalsciences.org, 919.707.9819 at least two weeks prior to the desired program date.

Guided Tactile Tours

For groups with disabilities or requiring special accommodations, programs are available for free with pre-registration on a first-come, first-served basis.

Join us in downtown Raleigh at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences for a Guided Tactile Tour of our exhibits, featuring North Carolina’s diverse and beautiful natural habitats and inhabitants. Highlights include great whales, a giant salamander of the Appalachian Mountains, and the "Terror of the South" — Acro the Acrocanthosaurus! Guided Tactile Tours can be facilitated most weekdays during our hours of operation.

Program length: 45-90 minutes.
Maximum group size: This depends on the group, but typically no more than 15 participants.
To register: Contact David Wood, david.wood@naturalsciences.org, 919.707.9819 at least two weeks prior to the desired program date.

Outreach Programs

Our programs can also be tailored to meet the needs of special populations such as Spanish language speakers, at-risk youth, students and adults with special needs, pediatric patients and their families, and senior citizens.

STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities

The STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is an annual educational event where attendees meet role models with disabilities who have thriving careers in STEM fields. Students leave with a better understanding of the many professional possibilities available and the inspiration to pursue STEM careers.

For Visiting School Groups

The Museum can assist with providing guidance and/or accommodations for your school group’s visit. Please allow six weeks' notice if you are requesting any additional resources for your visit.

Prairie Ridge Ecostation

All of the facilities at Prairie Ridge are outdoors. With adequate notice (minimum 72 hours in advance of visit), staff will make reasonable accommodations in all programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability. For more information, please call 919.707.9887, Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm.

With adequate prior notification, Prairie Ridge staff will make every reasonable effort to accommodate individuals with mobility impairments wishing to use the trails.

Any “other power-driven mobility device” that an individual wishes to use must not cause damage to the trail surface and must be able to be safely operated for the volume of visitation currently at Prairie Ridge. For more information, please contact the Director of Prairie Ridge, Charles Yelton at 919.707.8879.

Service Animal Policy

The Museum welcomes visitors accompanied by service animals and service animals in-training. Pets, however, are not allowed in any of the Museum’s facilities. Due to the nature of our Museum there are certain areas that may have limited access to service animals, and the Museum will work with visitors to provide accommodations in those circumstances. To request a copy of our Service Animal Policy document, or if you have any questions please contact David Wood, Accessibility Program Specialist, at david.wood@naturalsciences.org or 919.707.9819.

Staff

For information about the STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities, Sensory-Friendly Night, Naturalist Programs, Guided Tactile Tours, or for any accommodation requests or questions, please contact David Wood, Accessibility Program Specialist, at david.wood@naturalsciences.org or 919.707.9819.