can I park when I visit?
There is limited free parking. Available spaces
fill quickly, especially during the summer and over
holidays. There are designated accessible spaces in
front of the major museum; however, these are standard
curb spaces on the left side of one-way streets.
Are there are accessible passenger
Currently right in front of the museum.
Are service animals and power
scooters allowed in the museum?
How do I request accommodation
services for The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum programs?
If you would like to have a sign language,
oral, or cued speech interpreter or Realtime captioning
for an event, you should call at least two weeks in
advance of the program you plan to attend. Call the
organization sponsoring the program and tell the staff
there what services you need. Be specific. For example,
if you want an ASL interpreter rather than a PSE or
Signed English interpreter, be sure to tell the staff
that information. We do not have interpreters on our
staff. We must hire them from agencies so need advance
notice of requests.
If you want other accommodations, such as audio
description, reader services, alternative formats of
publications, assistive listening systems, or any other
services, call the sponsoring organization and place
your request at least two weeks before the event.
If you do not know which organization is sponsoring
the program, contact the Accessibility Program at
Can I get an interpreter to just
walk around the museums with me?
No. The The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum
will provide interpreters only for scheduled tours or
programs. Almost all of the exhibition videos are captioned
or have scripts right near them; audio tours have scripts
available. The exhibitions are accessible to people
who are deaf or hard of hearing.
What are the TTY numbers
that I can call?
Are wheelchairs available for loan
The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum have
wheelchairs that can be borrowed, free of charge, for
use within each facility. The wheelchairs, which are
all manually operated, cannot be taken outside of the
museum in which it is borrowed.
The wheelchairs are available on a first-come,
first-served basis. To borrow a wheelchair, go to the
museum's information center or desk and request a loaner.
They may help you directly or send you to the nearby
Security Desk. You will be asked to leave identification
until you return the wheelchair.
If you want to rent a wheelchair for all-day
use between museum we have a list of vendors in the
area who can assist you. This list has been compiled
from the Yellow Pages of the Washington phone book for
your convenience. The list may not include all businesses
that rent wheelchairs or reflect the current status
of a business.
How do I get publications in alternative
The Accessibility Program's Voices to Access
2000 project audio tapes The National Great Blacks In
Wax Museum publications for use by people who cannot
use standard print due to disability. To get a list
of available publications or to request a specific The
National Great Blacks In Wax Museum publication for
Other publications, including exhibit scripts,
are available in braille, in large print, and on disk.
Call the organization responsible for the publication
to find out what formats are available. If you don't
know the name of the organization, call the Accessibility
Program at the numbers listed above.
Do the museums have unisex restrooms?
Yes. Three museums now have unisex or companion
care restrooms (near the standard restrooms). Several
more are planned for construction in various areas.
Does the museum have health units
where I can change catheters or rest, due to my disability?
The The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum
may be able to accommodate with this service. Call the
Accessibility Program for information.