The American Alliance of Museums strives to ensure that all venues are compliant with the Federal ADA guidelines. As some events are hosted at historic sites, some venues will be only partially accessible. We have included detailed information about the accessibility of all venues below so that attendees can be fully informed prior to attending the 2019 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo.
Location: New Orleans Museum of Art, The New Orleans Botanical Garden and Louisiana Children’s Museum
New Orleans Museum of Art Accessibility: Visitors will find a ramp for wheelchairs (and strollers) on the right side of NOMA. Please enter the side of the museum near Cafe NOMA. Proceed to the front desk in the Great Hall to check in. Accessible restrooms are located on the first floor near the Museum Shop. A limited number of complimentary wheelchairs are available upon request at the Front Desk in Coat Check room. You will need to leave an ID to rent a wheelchair. Accessible parking is provided on both sides of the museum near the wheelchair ramps.
The New Orleans Botanical Garden Accessibility:
Louisiana Children’s Museum Accessibility:
Closing Party: Parade of Museums
Location: The National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Contemporary Arts Center
The National WWII Museum Accessibility:
Ogden Museum of Southern Art Accessibility: Built in 2003, the Ogden Museum’s Steven Goldring Hall meets current ADA standards. Wheelchairs and stools are available for those with mobility impairments and services animals are allowed.
Contemporary Arts Center Accessibility:
19th-Century Architectural Arts in New Orleans
Location: Gallier Historic House
Accessibility: Gallier House always welcomes service animals. We will have large print guides available and can provide a visual description tour if advance arrangements are made (visual description tours last longer than the scheduled program). Only the first floor and courtyard of the House is wheelchair accessible.
A Day at the New Orleans Jazz Museum
Location: The New Orleans Jazz Museum
Accessibility: The New Orleans Jazz Museum is handicap accessible. We recommend that visitors with mobility needs park in our rear courtyard. Wheelchairs are available at the front desk. There are two elevators that provide access to all floors of the building.
A Trip up the Mississippi: Two 19th-Century Sites
Location: Evergreen Plantation
Accessibility: The Sorapuru House and all 37 buildings at Evergreen are listed buildings. The Evergreen Research and Interpretive Center and the first floor of the big house at Evergreen are accessible to those with mobility issues. Service animals are not restricted on either site. We will provide a link to a virtual tour of the inaccessible spaces at both sites that that may be used enhance their visit. Someone will be assigned to assist anyone that needs assistance. All food and discussion venues will be accessible to everyone.
An Interactive Education Gallery: Challenges, Triumphs, and the Final Product
Location: The Historic New Orleans Collection Classroom (610 Toulouse St)
Accessibility: This Excursion will take place at two locations, neither of which fully meet ADA standards. The first location (610 Toulouse St) has two steps from ground level to the entry way and there is no ramp. This building does have an ADA accessible restroom. The second location (520 Royal St) does have an accessible elevator and restrooms, but only the first room of the gallery space (out of 6 rooms) is ADA accessible. We do not have any options for those with hearing or vision impairment. We do allow service animals.
Behind the Scenes of the Louisiana State Museum’s Costume Collection
Location: Louisiana State Museum
Accessibility: All spaces that will be visited during this tour are accessible by elevator. We can provide chairs or stools to those who need them during the tour portion of the program, and all participants will be able to sit during the workshop. Our museum does not currently have assistive listening devices. Our educator has experience in verbal description, and we can provide touchable artifacts from our demonstration collection for participants who are blind or who have low vision. There are also bathrooms directly available in both buildings we will be utilizing.
Beyond the Walls: Interactive Community Performative Exhibitions
Location: Donald Harrison, Sr. Museum
Accessibility: The facility is compliant with current ADA standards.
Community Inclusion in Museum Development: A case study in rural South Louisiana
Location: West Baton Rouge Museum
Accessibility: All buildings meet ADA standards. Accommodations can be made for attendees with hearing impairments or any other special needs with advance notice.
Degas House Tour and Watercolor Painting Class
Location: Edgar Degas House Museum
Accessibility: The Degas House Museum House is a historic home and the property does not meet fully the ADA Standards. However, with advance notice, we can offer at least one accessible route into one of the buildings with one accessible toilet and access to the main house parlors. Please call (504)821-5009 or (504)583-2977 for Joan Prados with available needs, a few weeks earlier leading up to Sunday, May 19, 2019.
Early Childhood Explorations at the Ogden Museum
Location: The Ogden Museum
Accessibility: Built in 2003, the Ogden Museum’s Steven Goldring Hall meets current ADA standards. Wheelchairs and stools are available for those with mobility impairments and services animals are allowed.
Engage and Inspire, Mission Driven Programing at a Historic Site
Location: Longue Vue House and Gardens
Accessibility: Longue Vue is a historic site with many buildings, levels and surface types. Garden paths are made up of gravel, decomposed granite, cobblestones, bricks and grass. For mobility there is one path that can take attendees to all parts of the garden, though it sometimes is longer than the path with steps, and this path is on more compacted surfaces so is easier for wheels. The buildings that are open are all one story except for the house museum which has an elevator that allows for visitors to see all but two small rooms at the vestibule. Each building has at least one door with no or very low (-1″) threshold. There are four handicap bathrooms in the front of the property and one in the back of the property. In rooms where large presentations are given there is a microphone to assure everyone can hear and when requested all presentations can be printed out so visitors can follow along. Tours are given in English but we have full guides to the house, gardens and family history in 10 languages that can be given out at any time. Trained service animals are always welcome in all parts of the site.
Expanding the Walls: Experiencing Art Outside of the Museum
Location: New Orleans Museum of Art
Accessibility: NOMA’s building and sculpture garden are compliant with ADA guidelines and accessible to individuals with disabilities through entrance ramps from the street and elevators leading to upper floors. NOMA also keeps an inventory of wheelchairs for museum visitors to use at any time in the galleries. NOMA’s facilities and permanent spaces, including building exits, gallery entrances, restrooms, and elevators are identified with braille signage. Additionally, initiatives such as integrating digital interpretation experiences within the museum with our ARTtab stations located throughout our galleries and a smartphone mobile tour – offered in both English and Spanish – allow for hearing impaired guests to fully enjoy our collection.
Exploring the Musical Legacies of Preservation Hall
Location: Preservation Hall
Accessibility: Our facility is ADA accessible. The building, built in 1817, has one main entrance on St. Peter St. The iron gates open wider to allow for larger wheelchairs. There are two accessible toilets in the building, one in the courtyard, and one in our back office. We have a ramp to enter into the venue itself.
Let’s Collaborate: How Museums and University Archives Can Work Together
Location: Newcomb Art Museum
Accessibility: Our museum is accessible to all of those with mobility impairments, with wheelchair ramps, elevators, and wheelchair accessible doors. The additional buildings on campus we are visiting will also be accessible. Should additional transportation on campus be needed, we have access to a golf-cart for movement between buildings. Service animals are allowed on campus, and for those hearing impaired we are prepared to have the campus interpreter made available. For those with vision impairments, one of our staff is happy to help in any way possible.
Make it Fit! Exhibition Design in Historic Buildings and Unique Spaces
Location: The Historic New Orleans Collection
Accessibility: Located in historic buildings within an historic neighborhood, THNOC prioritizes accessibility and ADA standards. All of the spaces included in this excursion are ADA compliant. When appropriate, THNOC exhibitions include subtitles, transcriptions and direct person-to-person engagement via visitor services staff to maximize accessibility. Service animals are allowed in gallery spaces.
NAME Field Trip – Slavery and Memory in South Louisiana: Building the Whitney Plantation
Location: Whitney Plantation
Accessibility: The visitor center is ADA compliant. The bulk of the tour is an outdoor walking tour and can be accessed with walkers and motorized wheelchairs. We have a written transcript of the tour available for guests with hearing impairment. Service animals are allowed on the tour.
New Orleans Grass Roots Museum Tour
Location: New Orleans Arts & Culture Coalition (Multiple Locations)
Accessibility: Expect a good amount of walking between sites. Some locations may have four or five steps.
Old Ideas and New Ideas in Disaster Planning
Location: The Louisiana National Guard Museum and Library
Accessibility: Small group activities and presentations will allow optimal vision and hearing access. The museum and all interior spaces are wheelchair accessible and an elevator is provided for second floor access. Service animals are allowed.
Public History in New Orleans ‘Plantation Country’
Location: Laura and Oak Alley Plantations
Accessibility for Laura Plantation: Fully ADA compliant for bathrooms, exhibit, gift shop and ground floor of the main house. The second floor, residential area of the main house is accessible by 15 steps and the slave cabin has 5 steps. A written script is available for those unable to go upstairs and for hearing impaired.
Accessibility for Oak Alley Plantation: Oak Alley offers ADA-compliant restrooms, in addition to which grounds exhibits are wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. In the mansion brochures are available for those with hearing disabilities, and an ipad with a video of the 2nd floor tour is available for those unable to climb stairs. Service Animals are welcomed at both sites.
Reference Relationships! Reading room services at The Historic New Orleans Collection
Location: The Historic New Orleans Collection Reading Room
Accessibility: Physical access to the Cruise Room at the Williams Research center is provided via a door with one step up or through a side alley with one step down. We don’t currently have access in place for those with hearing or vision impairments in the context of this learning excursion. Services animals are allowed.
“Sudden Jerk” into History: Interpreting an Operational Artifact
Location: National WWII Museum
Accessibility: The deck of the historic vessel itself is not ADA-compliant, however the boathouse is and display are universally visible from the main accessible floor of the boathouse.
The Big Uneasy: Interpreting Urban Slavery
Location: French Quarter (Multiple locations)
Accessibility: The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Hermann Grima House are accessible. However, the LSM’s 1850 House’s second and third floors have no accessibility. For any guest needing assistance, an alternative visit will be available to Jackson Square as a public space deeply enmeshed in the the current debate over the public acknowledgement of slavery.
The Legacy of Extractive Industries in Southern Louisiana
Location: River Parishes (Multiple Locations)
Accessibility: There can be accommodations made for any accessibility requests, with advanced notice. There will be several stops where the tour will get out, but walking is minimal at publicly accessible locations.
The Louisiana Children’s Museum: An inside look at the process of bringing a new museum to life
Location: Louisiana Children’s Museum
Accessibility: The Louisiana Children’s Museum’s new building is fully compliant with ADA requirements. The building has two levels and all areas are accessible via elevator. Service animals are allowed. The primary construction phase of the project will be complete for the building and site, so hardhats and safety equipment will not be required.
The Multipronged Field Trip: Ecology and History Indoors and Out
Location: New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center; Urban Marsh Project
Accessibility: The New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center is fully accessible, with a lift to the raised lighthouse exhibit and multiple accessible restrooms. The Lakeshore Drive bridge provides an accessible vantage point for discussing our urban marsh project and outdoor education programs.
Thinking Outside the Box: How to Involve Students in Exhibition Design
Location: Newcomb Art Museum
Accessibility: Our museum is accessible to all of those with mobility impairments, with wheelchair ramps, elevators, and wheelchair accessible doors. Should additional transportation on campus be needed, we have access to a golf-cart for movement between buildings. Service animals are allowed on campus, and for those hearing impaired we are prepared to have the campus interpreter made available. For those with vision impairments, one of our staff is happy to help in any way possible.
Tour of Houmas House and Gardens
Location: Houmas House and Gardens
Accessibility: Our entire site, including Mansion and Gardens are fully accessible for walkers and wheelchairs. We have an elevator. We do not have an special services for hearing or vision difficulties.
Understanding Difficult History: Urban Slavery in 19th Century New Orleans
Location: Hermann-Grima Historic House
Accessibility: Hermann-Grima Historic House is accessible by wheelchair on the first floor, courtyard, and Open-Hearth Kitchen. We are happy to provide large print tours to those in need and a visual description tour is available with advance notice.
Using Food and Drink to Advance Storytelling
Location: Southern Food and Beverage Museum
Accessibility: This program will involve a brief tour of the museum and a seated discussion session. The event is multi-sensory experience on a single floor museum that is wheelchair accessible. There are tactile artifacts that will be incorporated into the tour. There will be auditory and visual experiences, and upon request SoFAB staff can offer a guided tactile experience. The museum allows service animals and offers a wheelchair for visitors to use.
Using Tax Credits and CDBG Funds to Develop and Finance your Capital Project
Location: New Orleans African American Museum
Accessibility: The new facility of the NOAAM meets all ADA standards and the lecture will be held in a fully ADA compliant facility. The tour includes walking through a historic neighborhood and the NOAAM campus includes some areas that are difficult to navigate. Some of the sidewalks in Treme are broken and difficult to navigate for wheelchairs. If we have advance notice, we may be able to arrange for a carriage or a bicycle cab for handicapped participants. We also need advance notice for accommodating the visually or hearing impaired. We will provide hard copies of the slide presentation.
What Everyone Ought to Know About Implementing CRM & Ticketing Software
Location: The Historic New Orleans Collection
Accessibility: We have elevators and can provide ramps. Service animals are welcome. We can provide printed materials, will have a speaker and microphones, and can provide staff to assist as needed.
Location: Contemporary Arts Center
Accessibility: This is a single floor museum that is wheelchair accessible. The museum allows service animals and offers a wheelchair for visitors to use.
Development and Membership & Public Relations and Marketing Network Reception
Location: The Cabildo
Accessibility: All spaces are accessible by elevator. There are ADA-compliant bathrooms directly available for attendees.
EdCom, CARE, MER, and HHSN Reception
Location: Elms Mansion