The Michener Art Museum’s goal is to make art accessible to all. Encounters with original works of art promote life-long learning and create meaningful connections between visitors, artists and works of art. Visitors are encouraged to explore the museum on their own or with a guided tour led by trained docents and museum educators.
The museum is accessible to visitors with disabilities. Guided and self-guided tours are provided for visitors with physical impairments, as well as for those with specialized requests. With advance notice, the museum can arrange Braille translated brochures, touch tours and interactive touchable models of artwork in our collection and docent-led verbal description tours for visitors with visual impairments.
Art for All is a gallery program designed for individuals living with moderate stage dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, and their care partners.
Art for All programs are an opportunity for meaningful engagement with art under the guidance of our specially trained docents. The programs provide interactive gallery-based art appreciation experiences that encourage verbal expression and often awaken treasured memories. Programs offer plenty of time to relax, consider, smile, and respond to the artwork in a single gallery. The tranquil beauty of our museum will also be a welcome respite for care partners. We hope you will share this joyful art experience with someone you love!
Art for All is generously supported by Merck, the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, and the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.
Art Serve is a FREE endowment-funded program designed to offer an art experience for individuals who might not otherwise have the opportunity. This includes organizations serving the needs of the economically disadvantaged, or individuals living with physical and/or intellectual challenges. The program features a docent led tour of the museum galleries and art activities led by museum adjunct faculty instructors.
Reservations are required at least four weeks in advance.
For more information about Art Serve, contact Melissa Easton Sandquist, or call 215.340.9800 ext. 124
Accessarts kits are units of study specially designed to fit the needs of the visually impaired student in the classroom. These kits include teaching materials to be used in the classroom to help extend interactive learning through museum education. Combining audio and visual aids, these kits introduce the Michener Art Museum and elements of the museum’s collection to mainstreamed students and their fellow classmates. It provides an interactive classroom experience to a group of students with a variety of learning styles. The kits feature interdisciplinary classroom enrichment activities and resource materials as well as pre- and post-visit study guides to the museum that are intended to take learning beyond the traditional classroom setting and into the cultural community. Each kit contains two audiocassettes, a unit of study, large-print activity sheets, hands-on interactives, one audiocassette player, and one set of headphones. Kits are available for rental for $25/month for up to a two month period. A $50 security deposit is required at time of rental. Deposit is returned if no items are returned lost or damaged.
The Michener Art Museum participates in a reduced ticket program through ACCESS developed by ARTREACH in Philadelphia. ACCESS Cardholders can attend 32 museums, gardens and historic sites in Philadelphia for $2 a person. Visitors must present valid ACCESS Card and photo ID to receive discount. For more information, visit www.art-reach.org.
Visit our Accessibility page.