While the front side of Virginia Museum of History & Culture is facing N Arthur Ashe Blvd, you want to turn onto Kensington Avenue to access the parking lot and the accessible entrance to the museum. Shown is the entrance to the parking lot on Kensington Avenue. There is a blue sign with white letters on it that says Virginia Museum of History & Culture, and there are arrows on the parking lot surface to direct people to turn into the lot.
Shown is the parking kiosk to enter the parking lot. There is a blue sign with white text on it next to the parking kiosk that clearly shows the rates for parking in color-contrasted, good-sized text. The parking kiosk itself has directional black text on it that is color contrasted and all parts of the kiosk that are made to be touched or interacted with are 39-55 inches above the parking lot surface.
Shown is the parking kiosk to leave the parking lot. Similar to the kiosk to enter, there is color-contrasted text that provides some instructions, as well as a screen. All interactable components on the kiosk are 40-54 inches above the parking lot surface. This parking kiosks accepts cards, and accepts cards by just tapping the card on the designated area.
After entering the parking lot, all of the accessible spaces will be on your left. There are 13 spaces labeled as accessible total. Each of the 13 spaces has the symbol from the accessible icon project painted on the parking lot surface, and there are signs at accessible heights beyond the sidewalks past the accessible spaces. None of these spaces are labeled as van accessible, but the 9 spaces on the outside are van accessible, while the middle 4 are standard accessible spaces. Each space has a wheel stop centered in the middle of the space, near the sidewalk.
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Nov 3, 2022
Virginia Museum of History & Culture
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Besides certain occasions such as holidays, this museum is open every day 10 AM-5 PM, and has a pretty constant flow of traffic throughout the day
The museum can get very busy during events such as school field trips
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Staff is friendly, and ready to help however they can. For example, staff can help open and close any doors, help you find quiet areas if needed, etc.
There are mobility devices available for guests to use during their visit, including 2 wheelchairs and a scooter.
There are noise canceling headphones, fidget toys, and stress balls available to check out at the welcome desk to use during your visit, if needed.
The location is service animal friendly.
An accessibility web page is available on the museum’s website with further details on accessibility and affordability.
The museum also has an online store if online shopping is easier/preferred.
Bags with handles are available for any purchases in the museum store to make carrying items easier.
There is a large parking area about 150-200 feet away from the main entrance located at the back of the museum with thirteen total accessible spaces, nine of which are van accessible, although they are not signed as van accessible.
The main entrance doors to the museum have an automatic door opener and are at least 32 inches wide with a minimal threshold, and door hardware at an accessible height.
Once inside, the flooring surface is primarily smooth tile flooring, with low profile, compact carpet here and there.
Interior pathways are spacious, most doorways are kept open and are also very wide, and flooring transitions and thresholds are minimal to non-existent.
There is plenty of seating throughout the museum, some of which is slightly above or below an accessible height, and a majority of the seating, except for the cafe, Robins Family Forum, and Halsey Family Hall do not have backrests or armrests.
The cafe has some tables where the table surfaces are accessible, but there is not enough space under the table to accommodate a wheelchair.
Robins Family Forum has plenty of accessible seating with spaces available for wheelchairs and seats on the ends of rows with armrests that fold up for easier transfers.
Robins Family Forum also has an elevator and an accessible means to access the stage.
Halsey Family Hall has seating and tables at an accessible height, but currently only has stairs to access the stage.
The point of sale counters in the cafe and museum store are both at an accessible height, and staff can assist with credit card purchases.
There is some merchandise in the visitor center that may be difficult to reach for some, but staff is able to assist if needed.
The exhibits themselves are spacious, and are mostly on the second floor, which can be easily accessed via and elevator or staircase, and the information within the exhibits is mostly in text form, with no braille or tactile alternatives.
There is an introductory film that has closed captions, and is quite loud.
There are several touch screen displays and other interactive exercises that are mostly vision based, with no audio alternative.
There is one display that requires stairs to access it.
The site is fairly busy, generally, and can be echoey at times and in certain locations.
There are quiet spaces available in the meeting rooms, Robins Family Forum, and the library. Ask staff for a more quiet, private space if needed as the Robins Family Forum and the meeting rooms are sometimes occupied and these spaces may require a staff member to escort you into these spaces.
Windows in the meeting rooms have shades, but most of the exhibit spaces and theater type areas do not have windows.
Restrooms are generally very accessible with one accessible single occupant restroom on the lower level, and four multi stall restrooms, two on each floor, one marked male and the other female.
Signage, where it exists, for the most part: has good contrast, but no braille or tactile alternatives.
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