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The Harvard Museum of Natural History is dedicated to accessibility for all visitors. The museum’s galleries are located on the third floor.

The museum's front entrance at 26 Oxford Street is not accessible.

An accessible entrance is located on the left side of the building at the North Entrance.


The main entrance (26 Oxford Avenue) has a drop off area in front. The main entrance is not accessible. The museum’s galleries are located on the third floor (up 51 steps).

An accessible entrance and elevator are located at the North Entrance on the left side of the building. The distance from the main entrance to the accessible entrance is 250 feet. 

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Small Accessibility Map
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Accessible spaces are available at the Oxford Street Garage (52 Oxford Street). The clearance for accessible vehicles is eight feet two inches. The garage is 528 feet away from the museum. Permits must be purchased online.

Before proceeding to the online form, please note the following:

  • First-time users must create a user name and password.
  • You must print out your parking permit.
  • License plate number is required.
  • Request a permit for the Oxford Street Garage, located at 52 Oxford Street.
  • Select the correct date (permits are not transferable).
  • Select "Museum Visitor" from the department drop down list.
  • The museum's department code is 6137.  

Purchase a parking permit

Mobility Devices

Manual wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at the museum shop. Please return wheelchairs after your visit.

The museum welcomes your personal walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters.

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Accessible restrooms are located on the ground floor (via the North Entrance) and the 3rd floor near the elevator.

Service Animals

Service animals are welcome in the museum.

Public Programs

We encourage persons with disabilities to participate in programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation please contact us in advance.

Lectures that are video-recorded have closed captions. Transcripts of video-recorded lectures are on YouTube.

Harvard University Disability Services

For more information about accessibility services at Harvard University please contact:

Harvard University Disability Services