The Birmingham Museum of Art welcomes individuals of all abilities to visit the collections and participate in educational programs.

The Museum is fully accessible to all visitors. Special needs are met with designated parking spaces and a ground-level entrance adjacent to the Museum’s parking lot. A limited number of wheelchairs and assisted listening devices (for programs in Steiner Auditorium) are available at the security station near the parking-lot entrance. Seating is also available in Steiner Auditorium close to the stage. Special tours for visitors with hearing and visual impairments can be arranged in advance. Please see below or call 205.254.2964 to schedule a tour.

Braille maps are available for visitors with visual impairments.  Please ask at the Information Desk near Oscar’s café, at the security desks at each entrance, or in the Education office.

Access Programs

Visually Impaired Program

The Museum is a national leader in tours for visitors with visual impairments. Specially trained educators use verbal descriptions and three-dimensional models, and help visitors discover original sculpture through touch. The experience may be enhanced by related music or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.

The Visually Impaired Program at the Birmingham Museum of Art is supported by The Eyesight Foundation of Alabama and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

Drop-in Program

Each second Saturday at 10am, join us for a FREE one-hour tour that explores the Museum’s collection of selected special exhibitions. Topics change monthly and are geared towards adults with visual impairments. Space is limited; reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 205.254.2964.

Upcoming Topics

Group Tours

FREE tours are available for school-age or adult groups with visual impairments with at least three weeks advance notice. Topics can be customized for your group using the Museum’s collection or selected special exhibitions. For more information, call 205.254.2964.