Accessibility and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Overview
Board Approved Policy Statement:
The Minnesota Marine Art Museum values all current and potential visitors to and participants in the Museum’s programming. It is the policy of the Museum to not discriminate on the basis of disability, gender, age, race, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation in admission to the Museum, access to programs, or employment.
The Minnesota Marine Art Museum was constructed in 2005-06 and opened to the public on July 26, 2006. The initial building, including the expanded gallery and education spaces was designed and built to meet modern local and state accessibility codes and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The museum is a single story building without stairs or elevators and features six galleries, an education room, an atrium, store and café seating area for the public, and with storage, office, mechanical and workshop rooms for staff use only. The current parking lots have five handicapped parking spots with marked loading/unloading spaces and an area for drop offs in front of the door. The walkway to the front door is pitched less the 1:12 to meet code and has large cutout on the curb for wheelchair access. It is slip resistant and features an internal heating coil system to melt snow and ice. The front and side doors have handicap buttons and powered door openers. The front desk and retail store features a 32 inch section of counter. Cafe and self-service counter areas are no higher than 36 inches. All public spaces are fully accessible and the museum has three free wheelchairs available for visitors’ use as well as walkers and strollers. Exhibition didactics and text panels are generally placed between 48 and 67 inches above the floor for standing and wheelchair viewers as per the American Association of Museums standards and all text is available in large print for the permanent collection. Emergency exits are illuminated and feature audible alarms flashing and emergency lights. The coat room has lowered hooks for garments. Men’s and women’s restrooms have accessible stalls with wide doors, grab bars and proper toilet height. Sinks and mirrors are accessible with space beneath and lowered soap and paper towel dispensers. A lowered drinking fountain with adequate room beneath is installed.
Program and Visitor Experience Details:
In addition to our accessible facilities, the Museum offers a monthly access program called SPARK: Cultural Program for Memory Loss for individuals and care-givers living with dementia. In general, the museum offers a variety of educational programming and tours that can be catered to fit the needs of an individual or group. Before any and all tour groups are scheduled, the Museum’s Curator of Education asks if there are any accommodations that can be made for that group. In all programs, participant needs are gathered and Museum staff work to meet those individual needs. Visitor Services staff are also available for drop-in visitors to accommodate the needs of individuals and groups, and two wheelchairs and one stroller are available to anyone in need at no cost.
Short-Term Future Goals/Enhancements as noted in 5-Year Strategic Plan:
1.Implement Audio Tours (Accomplished and Implemented)
2.Broaden books in Family Reading Area (Accomplished and ongoing)
3.Implement Braille signage in Museum where it doesn’t already exist (ongoing)
4.Continue to meet the diverse needs of existing audiences and explore further accessibility enhancements and programs (ongoing)