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Accessibility

The Science History Institute is committed to ensuring that everyone can experience our collections, research, and facilities.

We believe that everyone can find a place for themselves in the history of science and that it is our responsibility to eliminate barriers to participation as we move towards a more inclusive vision of the past and the future of STEM. To that end, we provide a number of services to ensure the accessibility of our work. If you require other accommodations, please contact the event organizer for specific events.

We are taking steps to be as accessible as we can in both our physical and digital spaces. We invite you to share how we can be more accessible to you. Please contact us at accessibility@sciencehistory.org or by phone at (215) 925-2222 to make inquiries or to share your feedback.

Guest and Visitor Services

In Our Philadelphia Location

A wheelchair-accessible pedestrian gate is available at our parking-lot entrance on 3rd Street between Chestnut and Market Streets. The pedestrian gate is unlocked during regular business hours and for special events. If you’re traveling by car, drive up to the parking-lot gate, which will open automatically during regular business hours Monday through Friday and during special events. You may park in any open spot marked “Visitor” or in one of two reserved wheelchair-lift accessible spots. To enter the building, call our receptionist via the intercom at the East Entrance for visitors and staff.
 

Onsite parking is limited. To ensure access to accessible parking on Saturdays, please call ahead.
 

Elevators are located throughout the building and wheelchair accessible restrooms and water fountains are available on each floor.
 

Our visitor services representatives are trained to provide verbal descriptions of the items on display in our museum.
 

All videos on display in the museum include closed captioning.
 

Service animals are always welcome at the Science History Institute.

At Our Events

All events held on-site at the Science History Institute are accessible to people who use wheelchairs and other forms of mobility assistance. A wheelchair-accessible pedestrian gate is available at our parking-lot entrance on 3rd Street between Chestnut and Market Streets. The pedestrian gate is unlocked during regular business hours and for events. If you’re traveling by car, drive up to the parking-lot gate, which will open automatically during regular business hours and events. You may park in any open spot marked “Visitor” or in one of two spots reserved for persons with disabilities. To enter the building, call our receptionist via the intercom at the East Entrance for visitors and staff.
 

Elevators are located throughout the building and wheelchair accessible restrooms and water fountains are available on each floor.
 

Service animals are always welcome at Science History Institute events.
 

When ASL interpreters are already scheduled for an event, it will be noted in the event description. Events held in our Ullyot and Haas conference rooms are equipped with a limited number of assistive listening devices. For more information or to request additional assistance with ASL interpretation, captioning, listening devices, or any other specific needs for joining us, please contact the event organizer at least 5-7 business days before the event.

Online

The Science History Institute is committed to our website being fully accessible to all users. We are undertaking work to ensure our digital content meets W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A and Level AA. This process is ongoing. If you require information on our website that is not accessible to you, please contact accessibility@sciencehistory.org or call us at (215) 925-2222 and we will be happy to provide the information in an alternative format. 

Contact Us

For more information about the accommodations available to guests and visitors to the Science History Institute, please contact accessibility@sciencehistory.org or call us at (215) 925-2222.