Accessibility

The Museum of Science and Industry is committed to providing a quality experience for all guests.

The Museum has a long history of creating unique hands-on experiences offering something for everyone. We are committed to finding solutions to access challenges presented by some of our historic artifacts, and helping support individual needs.

Accommodations for Mask Policies

Masks are still required in some Museum areas due to limited space for physical distancing in these areas. These include the U-505 On-board Tour, Coal Mine, Dissect an Eye at MSI, and the Wanger Family Fab Lab. If you are unable to medically tolerate a mask and need a mask exemption, please inform the staff at the entry of these spaces who will provide you with an exemption form to complete.

Building Accessibility

Learn about the accessibility features of our building, including parking, entrances, elevators and more.

Building Accessibility

Mobility Devices

Information about bringing your mobility devices to the Museum and other options available.

Mobility Devices

Plan your visit with these notes on mobility, sensory and other characteristics within exhibits.

Exhibit and Experience Accessibility Notes

Where it tends to be quieter, louder, brighter or darker in general areas of the Museum. See also Exhibits and Experiences.

Sensory Notes

A printable guide that lets you create a preview of the MSI experience for guests who are more comfortable knowing what to expect.

Social Narrative

Food Allergies + Special Dietary Needs

For allergen information or questions regarding menu items in our Brain Food Court, Museum Café and Finnigan’s Ice Cream Parlor, please contact our Food Service Team by email or by phone at (773) 753-6869. We ask that you contact the Food Service Team at least two weeks in advance of your visit to ensure you have the best dining experience while at the Museum. Please note that we do not have an allergen-free kitchen. Guests with special dietary needs or who suffer from sensitive or life-threatening food allergies are welcome to bring prepared foods to the Museum.

Color Vision Deficiency

For individuals with color vision deficiency (CVD), EnChroma Color Blind Glasses are available for use on a first come, first serve basis. EnChroma glasses enable people with red-green color blindness to see an expanded range of clear, vibrant, distinct color and enjoy enhanced detail and depth perception.

Visit the Guest Services Coat Check in the Entry Hall and ask for the EnChroma glasses. A form of identification (driver's license, membership card, or student ID) will be held at Coat Check until the glasses are returned.

Service Animals

Service animals are welcome at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

AEDs are located throughout the Museum.

Other Resources

We are happy to assist in planning a visit around specific individual needs. Contact us if you have questions, or would like to request …

  • Interpretive services, including ASL interpreters and sighted guides
  • Assistive services, including assistance in the Museum stores and food court
  • Pre-visit materials or other tips, such as quieter times to visit
  • Scripts for tours, Giant Dome Theater films, or other programs
  • Other accommodations for your visit

Please complete the Guest Service Request form at least one week in advance of your visit to request assistance or accommodations. Some requests may require more time.

Guest Service Request form