McWane Science Center Accessibility
At McWane Science Center, we believe that science is for everyone! We strive to be an accessible and safe environment for all children, teens, adults, and seniors with disabilities. If you don’t see the information you need here, please feel free to reach out with questions as you plan your visit.
Elevators and ramps serve all public areas within the museum, including the IMAX® Dome Theater. The IMAX® Dome Theater also offers descriptive audio service for all films and at all showtimes.
A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available at no charge at the ticketing counter.
KultureCity Sensory Inclusive Initiative
McWane Science Center has partnered with KultureCity to become a Sensory Inclusive organization and better serve our visitors with sensory processing needs.
KultureCity is a transformative movement to ensure a better future for children with autism. The nonprofit organization believes all children should be accepted and treated equally, and the future of these children should not be limited by their medical diagnoses. McWane Science Center shares this belief.
Through training with KultureCity, our staff has been equipped with tools to help visitors with sensory processing disorders enjoy our center.
Sensory bags and headphones will be available for checkout at the Ticketing Counter. Sensory bags include weighted lap pads, fidget toys, and headphones. Sensory bags will also be available in the Cool Stuff Store when there is a long line at the Ticketing Counter. Headphones will also be available in the Lunchrooms on the Lower Level for field trips and other groups.
McWane has designated several quiet areas throughout the Adventure Halls where there is less noise and activity. These areas are ideal for visitors who are overstimulated and need a quiet place to sit. These areas are identified with signage and located in the following areas:
The Sensory Room, located on Level 1 under the interior staircase, is designed to provide a safe, calming, sensory-supportive environment to facilitate self-regulation and relaxation for visitors who are feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated at the museum. Visitors can ask the security guard for access to the room.
Look for the KultureCity logo to show you Sensory Friendly areas within the McWane Science Center.
Use McWane Science Center’s Social Story to walk kids through the steps of what will happen when they arrive at our museum and explore throughout the day. Preparing for a visit can help reduce anxiety for kids and teens with sensory sensitivities, giving them visual cues of where things are, who they can ask for help, and what McWane Science Center looks like!