Building Accessibility

The Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), P.L. 90–480, is followed by the Smithsonian Institution as a best practice and is one of the earliest measures by Congress to address access to the built environment which requires certain buildings and facilities built or altered with federal funds after 1968 be accessible to people with disabilities. The ABA also requires that buildings leased by the federal Government after 1977 be accessible. (Lease renewals and lease options are treated as new leases). 
All questions about the ABA/ADA and physical building and grounds related concerns can be directed to Access Smithsonian at

Information and Communication Technology Accessibility

The Smithsonian Institution is committed to providing accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Aligning with federal best practices and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Smithsonian makes efforts to provide individuals with disabilities equal access to electronic information and data comparable to those who do not have disabilities to the extent possible.
If you wish to report ICT accessibility issues, contact If you are a Smithsonian employee, affiliated person (such as an intern, research associate, volunteer), or applicant and believe you need an accommodation because of a disability to access electronic information for employment and application purposes, contact

Contact Us

Need more help?
Call 202.633.1000 to speak with a visitor information specialist (recorded information/live voice).

Call 202.633.2921 or email for information on accessibility policies and Access Smithsonian programs.