ACCESSIBILITY AT THE MFA
The MFA values accessibility and inclusiveness as we share art for the enjoyment of all in our community. All Museum facilities comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. See below for accommodations and programs offered to ensure that everyone is welcome at our museum.
Free wheelchair rental is available in the lobby on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please let our visitor services staff know upon your arrival if you need assistance. To secure the use of a wheelchair prior to your visit, send us a message or call (727) 896-2667.
The MFA has ADA-accessible men’s, women’s, and gender-neutral restrooms. Changing tables are available in select men’s, women’s, and gender-neutral restrooms.
ASL interpreted tours are available with at least 3 weeks’ advance notice. Please contact visitor services at (727) 896-2667 or send us a message to schedule an ASL interpreted private tour.
ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS
The MFA offers assistive listening systems for or our in-person programs in the Marly Room. The MFA uses Sennheiser MobileConnect to stream audio via WiFi to any smartphone. The audio can be routed to headphones, some hearing aids, and Cochlear implants. Headphones are available for purchase and iLoop connections for hearing aids are available for check out. For more information, stop by our visitor services desk, send us a message, or call (727) 896-2667.
In partnership with EnChroma, the MFA offers visitors who are color blind or have low color vision the option to use specialty glasses as they explore the museum. These glasses are designed to enrich color vibrancy and allow all visitors to fully experience the dynamic art of the MFA collection. Learn more about our Enchroma program here, and stop by our visitor services desk when you arrive to try out a pair during your visit.
AUTISM AND RELATED DISABILITIES
The MFA is proud to work with USF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities as one of their Autism Friendly businesses in Tampa Bay. Through this partnership, the MFA has sensory objects available at the front desk for any visitor who may need them, including noise-canceling headphones and fidgets. By following this link, you can read our Sensory Guide to the MFA, My Trip to the MFA. In this guide, you will learn about the general experience of visiting the MFA with sensory differences and how we can accommodate you and your loved ones’ needs.
Founded in 2008, USF CARD provides assistance at no cost to those with Autism or related disabilities. Their comprehensive list of “Autism Friendly Businesses can be found here.
The MFA Membership and Sculpture Gardens are designated quiet spaces for anyone in need of a break during their visit. For families with children with sensory sensitivities, we offer a Sensory Saturday program each month during which audio components in the galleries are turned down or muted and participants receive a pre-packaged activity bag to guide their experience. For more information on Sensory Saturdays, please visit our Youth Programs page.
For more information about accessibility, please contact the visitor services department at (727) 896-2667 or send us a message.