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 are available at the security station near the parking-lot entrance. Seating is also available in Steiner Auditorium near the entrance and 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 for more information or to schedule a tour.

Braille maps are available for visitors with visual impairments.  Please ask at the security station near the parking-lot entrance or in the Education office.

Audio descriptions for signature works in the collection are available in the BMA smartguide.

Access Programs

Sensory Empowerment Program

The Museum is a national leader in tours for visitors with low to no vision. 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.

Drop-in Program
Second Saturdays, 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 low to no vision. Space is limited; reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 205.254.2964. To receive monthly updates about upcoming programs, send your name and email address to

Upcoming Topics

Group Tours

FREE tours are available for school-age or adult groups with low to no vision 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.

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