Accessibility

The MSU Museum aims to provide spaces and experiences that are welcoming and inclusive for all visitors. If you need information before visiting the Museum, please feel free to contact the Education Team at 517-432-1472.

For Visitors with Sensitivities to Light and Sound

For our visitors with sensitivities to changes in light and sound, please be aware of the following gallery characteristics, activities, and mechanisms. Feel free to contact the Education Team if you have any questions or need assistance. Note: Most spaces in the Museum are brightly lighted. Lower-light galleries include the Hall of Evolution, Hall of World Cultures, and Heritage Hall. Individual visitors may be using cell phones to listen to audio phone tour.

Image of Two students look at small skull specimens in a case in Collections Connections exhibitGround Floor

Ground Floor Gallery
  • Bright lighting
  • Transition from high light level in Ground Floor Gallery to lower light levels in Hall of Evolution and Hall of World Cultures
  • 1 touch screen with video and audio (user activated)
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather
Hall of Evolution (Fossil Exhibit)
  • Low lighting
  • Transition from high light level in Ground Floor Gallery to lower light level in Hall of Evolution
  • 1 motion-sensitive screen playing audio and video
Hall of World Cultures
  • Low lighting
  • Transition from high light level in Ground Floor Gallery to lower light level in Hall of World Cultures
  • 3 motion-sensitive light fixtures - two make a loud “click” sound when the lights turn on and one is a soft "click"
  • 1 touch screen containing video selections with audio (user activated)
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather

Floor 1

Entry Hall/Lobby
  • Bright lighting
Museum Store
  • Bright lighting
Main Gallery
  • Bright lighting
  • 1 small screen with images/PDFs (no audio)
  • 1 video screen with slideshow of images (no audio)
  • 1 small image projection on back wall (no audio)
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather
Heritage Gallery
  • Gallery under construction
Collections Connections
  • Multiple drawers that visitors can open and close - drawer glides produce “sliding” sound
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather
Michigan Traditional Arts Hallway
  • Bright lighting
  • 1 touch screen with website (no audio)
  • 1 motion-sensitive screen that plays video with audio
Heritage Hall
  • 1 motion-sensitive screen that plays audio and video
  • Elevator is near this gallery and sounds of elevator operation may be heard
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather

Floor 2

Second Floor Landing
  • Bright lighting
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather
Hall of Animal Diversity
  • Bright lighting
  • 1 touch screen containing video selections (with audio)
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather
Habitat Hall
  • Bright lighting
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather
Art-Science Creativity Gallery
  • Bright lighting
Evolution in Action
  • Bright lighting
  • 1 motion-sensitive screen that plays video (no audio)
  • 2 touch screens containing video selections with audio
  • 1 touch screen containing interactive software (no audio or video)
  • 1 large touch screen containing interactive software (with audio). Software may produce ambient sound when not being used.
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather
Auditorium
  • Bright lighting (can be reduced)
  • Sounds may be heard from Beaumont Tower carillon
  • Sounds from 2 window air conditioners
The following resources are available at the MSU Museum:
  • Accessible parking (available on a first-come basis)
  • Accessible entrance with power assist doors is on the Ground Floor to the left of the main entrance
  • Elevator to all floors is available
  • Service animals welcome
  • Wheelchair to borrow for in-building use (available on a first-come, first-served basis at front desk)
  • Tactile map - coming soon!

MSU Museum hosting at Celebration Cinema Sensory Showtimes

August 10, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
https://celebrationcinema.com/events/sensory-showtimes

Sensory Friendly Saturday at the MSU Museum

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • September 21, 2019
  • October 19, 2019
  • November 16, 2019
  • January 18, 2020
  • February 15, 2020
  • March 21, 2020
  • April 18, 2020
  • May 16, 2020
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