The Florida Museum of Natural History is committed to providing everyone a welcoming and accessible experience.
People with disabilities in need of special accommodation, please contact the Florida Museum, 352-846-2000 (TDD 711), at least 10 business days prior to an event or visit.
Parking & Entrance
There are several free handicapped parking spaces available at the front of the Museum. One set of front entrance doors has automatic push-button access.
All Museum exhibits are wheelchair accessible. A limited number of courtesy manual wheelchairs are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Request a wheelchair at the Visitor Services Desk at the front entrance.
Strollers are permitted in Museum exhibits except the Butterfly Rainforest unless medically necessary due to the limited width of the paths. When the Discovery Zone is busy, we ask that you park your stroller outside of the exhibit.
All restrooms are handicapped-accessible. The restrooms inside the Discovery Zone have adult- and child-size toilets, and baby changing stations are located in men’s and women’s restrooms throughout the Museum. Family restrooms are located inside the Discovery Zone and the main Museum lobby.
A lactation room conveniently located in the Discovery Zone provides a private, calm space for nursing mothers to feed their children. The room has a comfortable chair, sink and baby changing station.
Museum for Me Mornings
The Museum offers occasional Museum for Me events, which allow adults and children on the autism spectrum – including their friends, families and caregivers – to explore the Museum at their own pace in a peaceful and less-crowded environment. The events also include hands-on Discovery Carts, sensory maps and a separate quiet space. Check the Events Calendar for upcoming dates.
In compliance with U.S. and Florida laws, the Florida Museum of Natural History allows the use of trained service animals by individuals with disabilities in public Museum areas.
Service animals are defined by the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, as dogs trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Miniature horses individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities are included in the definition of service animal by the ADA. No other animals are included.
Service dogs in training are permitted and as per Florida statute must be identified as a service dog in training with a vest or other clear marker of training status.
Trained service animals are permitted in public Museum areas. Comfort animals, emotional support animals and pets are NOT permitted in the Museum.
All service animals and service animals in training entering the Museum must be:
- well-behaved; quiet and not interacting with other Museum visitors or exhibits.
- under the control of their handler at all times.
Owners whose animals are not able to comply with these minimum standards will be asked to remove them from the building. They are welcome to return when the animals can comply with behavior expectations.
The Museum strives to comply with Section 508 and W3C recommendations for website accessibility. The Museum is currently upgrading all webpages to conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA. If you have difficulty using any content on the website, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.