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Accessibility

Philadelphia Campus

Wheelchairs
The entire Philadelphia facility is accessible to individuals using standard-sized wheelchairs. Because of the small size of the galleries, some larger mobility devices may not be accommodated in all spaces. Please contact us by email or call 215.278.7200 for more information about specific access concerns.

A limited number of standard manual wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are necessary. 

Parking
Designated parking for vehicles with handicapped stickers or license plates, including van-accessible parking, is first-come, first-served in the Barnes Foundation parking lot on Pennsylvania Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets.

Restroom Facilities
We have wheelchair-accessible restrooms on the Lower Level and in the Garden Restaurant.

Assistive Listening Devices 
Assistive listening devices amplify and clarify sound by cutting down or eliminating ambient noise. Anyone with or without a hearing aid may use the device in the auditorium and during collection tour. Headsets and T-coil loops are distributed free of charge; ask any Visitor Services Assistant for help. 

Sign Language Interpreters
Sign language interpreters are available for lectures, workshops, special events, and reserved docent tours. Please make sure to request a sign language interpreter at least three weeks before your reserved date, via email or by calling 215.278.7200.

Closed Captioning
Open or closed captioning is available in connection with most film and video presentations, including the visitor orientation film, The Collector, shown on the Lower Level.

Service Animals
Well-behaved service animals are welcome at the Barnes. No pets or other animals are permitted.

Personal Care Assistants
Any paid Personal Care Attendant (PCA) accompanying a visitor with severe disabilities will be admitted free of charge. A request for complimentary admission for a PCA should be made at the time the visitor with disabilities purchases their ticket. Visitors who wish to purchase advance tickets should email us or call 215.278.7200 to request a complimentary ticket for a paid PCA.

Educational Programs
We are committed to making our educational programs available to individuals with disabilities. If you are interested in enrolling in any educational program held at the Philadelphia campus and you use a mobility device or require an accommodation to participate, please call 215.278.7314 to discuss how we can help meet your needs.

For more information, please email us or call 215.278.7200.

Merion Campus

Wheelchairs
The 12-acre Barnes Arboretum is a cultivated but natural environment with areas of rough terrain. Limited areas are accessible to people who require a mobility device, and parts of the arboretum may not be accessible. Please call 215.278.7373 for more information. 

Parking
Designated parking for vehicles with a handicapped sticker or license plates, including van-accessible parking, is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Restroom Facilities
Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are available in the Service Building across from the bus stop.

Sign Language Interpreters
Sign language interpreters can accompany tours, subject to the availability of an interpreter. Please make sure to request a sign language interpreter at least three weeks before your reserved date, via email or by calling 215.278.7200.

Service Animals
Well-behaved service animals are welcome at the arboretum. No pets or other animals are permitted. 

Educational Programs
The Barnes Foundation is committed to making its educational programs available to individuals with disabilities. If you are interested in enrolling in any horticulture educational program held at the arboretum and you use a mobility device or may require an accommodation to participate in the program, please call 215.278.7373 to discuss how we can help meet your needs. 

For more information, please email us or call 215.278.7200.