Accessibility

All parts of The Museum are accessible to visitors using wheelchairs or mobility equipment. The access ramp entrance is located at the east end of the front of the Museum.

Wheelchairs

For your convenience, two wheelchairs are available for use on a first come first served basis while visiting the museum. They are lent, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis at the front desk. Please have a driver’s license available for holding. We regret that wheelchairs cannot be reserved in advance, nor may they leave the building.

Admission

Complimentary admission for a caretaker with a paid guest.

Service Animals

We welcome you to bring your service animal into the museum.

Social Stories Spectrum Project

Beginning in January 2017, the Social Stories Spectrum Project provided a structured opportunity for high-functioning verbal young adults (ages 18-25) with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to meet up with their peers and practice social skills, participate in organized trips to seven museums in Balboa Park, and work together to create “social stories” for the museums visited.

Social stories are guides or tools to help prepare individuals with autism for social interaction and public events; in this case, a visit to a museum.

This opportunity was made possible in part through generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR), and the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership.

Social Story (English) PDF

Social Story (Spanish) PDF

Tours

Tours in Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Russian, Dutch, Italian, Danish, or American Sign Language is available by special request, depending upon availability of a bilingual docent. Three weeks advance notice is required for this service. Please email info@sdmart.org

Restrooms

ADA accessible restrooms in the Rotunda & Gallery 15.

Assistive Listening Devices

The Museum is pleased to offer assistive listening devices at all screenings and lectures. Devices include a personal headset with adjustable volume setting. Limited quantity available; patrons are encouraged to call the Museum in advance of the event to reserve a device.

Gallery Labels

The Museum is making exhibition and art work insights more accessible by sharing all gallery label text online in both English and Spanish. View gallery labels on your device of choice to more easily read exhibition label text and avoid crowding while at the Museum.

View gallery labels.

App

The San Diego Museum of Art mobile app is a great resource with various languages, audio from curators, maps, self guided tours, and additional information on the paintings.

Download the App on iTunes
Download the App on Google Play
Amida Buddha, 17th century. Wood. Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett. 1957.446.